An entry in the Crocodile Prize
SP Brewery Award for Illustration
THIS image portrays the livelihood of my people of the Eastern Highlands Province. It is the most dominant cash crop in some of the poorest and most remote areas of Papua New Guinea.
Coffee has always been there for them. This crop has been a symbol and source of wealth, strength and identity.
In this illustration I have captured all levels of people - men, women and children - as being dependent on the coffee tree.
It is their major source of income for bride price, compensation and basic needs such as food and school fees.
I believe the coffee bean is the essence of every small holder farmer.
There is, as I envision here, a resilient relationship between the small holder farmer and the bean, with an understanding that “if you take care of me, I take care of you”.
A connection between crop and farmer. This is the core of my people. I see real value in this coffee crop and what it has given to my people to have a better life, a brighter future, wealth and a sense of dignity.
In this image, I try to draw attention to the concept of “bean dependency” to illustrate its utmost importance in our society today.
It is not only important for the people of the Eastern Highlands Province, but also for Papua New Guinea as a whole.
The hanging people in this illustration signify all people at a national level because coffee involves about one=third of the population in its production, processing and sale.