The mango festival takes place each year in Rouffach and Wintzenheim. The event is organized in the spring by the AFDI farmers and the French farmers and international development association.
The association brings together farmers that are passionate about development and solidarity. It creates partnerships between farmers from Mali and Cambodia. The mango festival is then the opportunity to promote this exotic fruit and the special connection with Yanfolila, in southern Mali.
Since the pandemic, the mango festival has had to be canceled but farmers from the Alsace continue to market the mangos of their partners from Mali through the site Demain je serai paysan.fr, which promotes this initiative.
Today, an economic interest group gathering a dozen Alsace farmers has taken over from the AFDI 68 to develop this exchange with the Yanfolila producers.
10 tons of African mangos are therefore distributed this year in Alsace by the region’s farmers to retailers, restaurants and local households.
Thanks to Vincent Goetz, organic producer near Châtenois who has been working with the Malian farmers for a long time, the project is also visible online. “We have a lot to learn from each other. Our knowledge is adapted to our region but their context is completely different. Our Malian partners, for example, live a little closer to their animals than we do.”