As an agronomist at CIRAD
based in Senegal, I work closely with African rural communities in large teams made up of researchers, students and development stakeholders. Together, we study the imbalances affecting agricultural systems and we develop tailor-made innovations to improve their resilience. We are stakeholders and living witnesses to what we like to call an 'agroecological transition'.
I use photography to document the daily life of the pioneers of African agroecology, whether they are farmers, researchers or activists. Through their stories, I whish to paint a big picture of the contemporary rural world in Africa. In the meanwhile, I question the meaning of our work in the service of this "agroecological transition" towards a still vague horizon. I am convinced that agroecology is a distorting mirror that reveals the dysfunctions of international aid, and the asymmetrical situations that the world of 'projects' can generate.
I define myself as a researcher-photographer. For me, science and photography are two complementary and inseparable means of understanding the changes that are taking place in African agriculture and of questioning the promises of agroecology.
My portfolio gathers pictures taken since 2010 in several African countries (Benin, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Senegal) and other fields (Yemen, Corsica).
- The "Agri-reports" section offers cross-cutting reports on African agriculture and development based on series of images taken in different places and at different times.
- The "Food stories" section gathers short stories based on one-off field experiences.
- The "farmers in transition" section offers a curious face-to-face encounter with African farmers who are innovating in the direction of agroecology.
- The "press" section gives access to photo essays that I have published in various media, as well as articles where other authors have published my images.