By Mariame Maiga
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According to local people, this ecological vulnerability is also due to logging activities in the area. As the regional director of the national forestry agency13 stated: ‘Agricultural activities are the main reason of forest degradation in this area’. e. the reserved forests, for farming. Consequently, in the district, from 1994 to 1995, 8,000 acres of forest were depleted by agricultural activities. Today, the forestry agency is dealing with reforestation activities, to stop forest degradation.
The moumoumin dance is relative to each situation and event. For instance, the moumoumin dance and songs that were performed during the war that Côte d’Ivoire was facing, were intended to protect the Agni who had moved out to fight, as well as those who had stayed in the village. Women took bananas, some piece of firewood, old pounder sticks, eggs, and ash, which they put at the main entrance of the village. For the women, the goal was achieved, since the out-migrated people came back safely and the village was protected from the war.
Unfortunately, the relations between the Ministry of the Response to AIDS and the Ministry of Public Health seem to be conflictual. There is a leadership problem that hampers AIDS mitigation policy and interventions in Côte d’Ivoire. The Ministry of Public Health does not participate in the “World Aids Day”, known to be the biggest event in AIDS awareness and response. The political situation has a serious impact on the national mitigation strategies, because the Ministries are staffed by officials from different political parties.
Gender, AIDS and Food Security: Culture and Vulnerability in Rural Cote D'ivoire (Awlae) by Mariame Maiga