Roça Boa Entrada, photo: Francisco Nogueira.

The Cacao Years

September 2014

The roças of São Tomé and Príncipe
When two architects discovered a series of former cacao-producing villages on a pair of small islands off the Central African coast, they became smitten. Compelled to rescue these developments from their inevitable fall into ruin, they have devoted themselves to the matter of spreading knowledge on the issue, calling for the restoration of the roças. By way of a biennial exhibition and a book filled with photographs, the story is told with sincere emotion.