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In French Guyana, the emergence of sustainable French cocoa and chocolate

In French Guyana, the emergence of sustainable French cocoa and chocolate

In 2020 and 2021, Pierre Johnson coordinated a study for the development of a “sustainable cocoa and chocolate originating from French Guyana”, at the request of a corporate sponsor and the  Chamber of Agriculture of French Guyana. With Cesar Paz, creator of the Norandino cooperative in Peru, we met in early 2020 all the producers and actors likely to support this development. Gathered early November in a workshop for two days, current and prospective producers and their possible support shared their experiences and together built a vision for the future of a cocoa and chocolate of excellence, made in French Guyana and therefore in France. This article is a first assessment.

From plague to COVID-19: human health and ecosystems

From plague to COVID-19: human health and ecosystems

Human health and ecosystems: a relationship of  interdependency The current pandemic reminds us that human and ecosystems healths are closely linked. For decades, scientists, especially in the medical field, thought that it would one day be possible to control all...

Artemisia annua, a plant between medicine and politics

Artemisia annua, a plant between medicine and politics

Against the coronavirus, can African countries promote a herbal medecine derived from traditional medicine?
Much hope has been placed on the plant of the species Artemisia annua. Is its use by African countries medicinal or political, or both?

Le label Bio Français Équitable contribuera-t-il à faire avancer le bio français vers plus d’équité ?

Le label Bio Français Équitable contribuera-t-il à faire avancer le bio français vers plus d’équité ?

La Fédération Nationale de l’Agriculture Biologique (FNAB) vient de lancer le label Bio Français Équitable. Cette initiative contribuera-t-elle à faire avancer le bio français vers plus d’équité ? Cet article analyse le contexte d’émergence de ce label, notamment les défis de l’agriculture biologique et du commerce équitable.

Wishes 2020

Best wishes for 2020!2020 should highlight the commitment of governments, people and businesses to tackle the threats induced by human activity on climate and ecosystems. But this prospect is only achievable if economic and social challenges are also tackled.According...

Building sustainable livelihoods in West Kalimantan

Building sustainable livelihoods in West Kalimantan

The program on “management of natural resources based on indigenous peoples’ local knowledge” in West Kalimantan had multiple facets: reclaiming customary rights on land and forest, conducting activities of adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, economic empowerment through the establishment of local credit union service points, and support to food security and income generating activities. It was globally successful, but new challenges appear for the communities involved.

Pierre W. Johnson


International consultant, study and sustainable development of natural products value chains. Specialist of markets of origin, quality and high value products. Expert on Access and Benefit Sharing.
Keynote speaker on transition to an ecological economy & society.

Member of the
International Value Links Association.

Associate expert to Tero.

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