Diversity in everyday's life

Diversiflora International is a non-governmental organization funded in France in 2013.
It aims to promote natural and cultural diversity in all human activities.


Sad coconut leaves - Tristes feuilles de cocotier

Female children and women are working extremely hard to harvest and carry coconut leaves for various uses and business in plantations devastated by overpasture near Abidjan, West Africa, Côte d'Ivoire....

Des jeunes filles et des femmes travaillent dans des conditions extrèmement dures pour récolter et transporter des feuilles de cocotier dans des plantations dévastées par le sur-pâturage...

Child labour interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful. This practice is considered exploitative by many international organisations. Legislation across the world prohibit child labour. These laws do not consider all work by children as child labour; exceptions include work by child artists, family duties, supervised training, certain other categories of work.

Child labour has existed to varying extents, through most of history. Before 1940, numerous children aged 5–14 worked in Europe, the United States and various colonies of European powers. These children mainly worked in agriculture, home-based assembly operations, factories, mining and in services. Some worked night shifts lasting 12 hours. With the rise of household income, availability of schools and passage of child labour laws, the incidence rates of child labour fell.

In developing countries, with high poverty and poor schooling opportunities, child labour is still prevalent. Worldwide agriculture is the largest employer of child labour. Vast majority of child labour is found in rural settings and informal urban economy; children are predominantly employed by their parents, rather than factories. Poverty and lack of schools are considered as the primary cause of child labour. Globally the incidence of child labour decreased from 25% to 10% between 1960 and 2003, according to the World Bank. Nevertheless, the total number of child labourers remains high, with UNICEF and ILO acknowledging an estimated 168 million children aged 5–17 worldwide, were involved in child labour in 2013.


Put racism in the right place

Here is an impressive and efficient anti-racism advert, made in Portugal in the Framework of the Fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Art Director: PEDRO BEXIGA
Racism and racial discrimination are often used to describe discrimination on an ethnic or cultural basis, independent of whether these differences are described as racial. According to the United Nations convention, there is no distinction between the terms racial discrimination and ethnic discrimination, superiority based on racial differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous, and there is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice, anywhere.


NEW ! "Coconut bonzai": reducing the vertical growth of Tall-type coconut palms

A traditional practice from farmers of the Mekong Delta

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In the island of Hung Phong (01008N 10622E) of the Mekong Delta, coconut farmers have a very special traditional practice. When 2 years old, the young tall coconut palm is removed from the ground, its roots and leaves are cut and, after that, the palm is planted again in the ground. Such palm will develop stem similar to those of Dwarf cultivars: no bole, very short internode distance and slow vertical growth. Farmers said that this practice causes a delay of about one year on the starting of production but does not affect the future performance of the palms.

To know more, please visit the new website: Coconut cultivation and use in Vietnam.