29 Oct. 2014
Bondoukou, United Kingdom
Henri Kouakou walks at his cashew plantation in Bondoukou June 20, 2014.
Forty years ago, Kouakou was struggling to support his family farming a small plot outside Bondoukou, a dusty town in northeastern Ivory Coast, when he first learned that money did, in fact, grow on trees -- cashew trees. By his own reckoning, Kouakou, among the earliest pioneers of the Ivorian cashew sector, is nearly 100 years old. He has seen the nuts, initially planted in the 1970s to combat desertification, emerge as an important cash crop for the West African nation's impoverished north. Picture taken June 20, 2014. To match Insight IVORYCOAST-CASHEW/ REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon (IVORY COAST - Tags: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS)