Developing Togo's water resources
|Kenesswa Amadou says that the establishment of a borehole in the village of Kpark in Northern Togo saves her up to four hours that she used to spend each day collecting water for her household.|
‘My house is just over there’, she says, as she points with a smile, to a nearby dwelling. ‘The well is very convenient, and I come to it up to four times each day to get water’, says the 34-year-old mother of five.
Women's Day celebration
|More than 300 women gathered in Liek Kounkouog village in Northern Togo to mark African Women's Day.|
Employing dance, drama and song to celebrate the occasion, participants sought to highlight the valuable role that women play in rural life, and press for a fairer and more equitable role in their communities.
Harvesting honey with Wend Yam beekeepers
|Wend Yam Beekeeping Federation is involved in promoting beekeeping in rural Burkina Faso.|
40-year-old Sawatogo Aminato says that the enterprise has been good for her. From Nioniopalga, one of ten villages where Wend Yam is working in collaboration with Self Help Africa to promote the activity and develop new opportunities for beekeepers, Sawadogo says that without beekeeping, it would be hard to make a living.
‘I have a small farm with my husband, but the climate here is difficult and it is hard for us to produce enough food’ she says.
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|Bill Bawasapal is a farmer in Northern Ghana. For the coming months he will be keeping a diary on his work, his life, and the cycle of farming for a small-scale land-owner in West Africa.|
|41 villagers in Dassui village in southern Burkina Faso have started to reap the dividends from a market gardening enterprise that was established,two years ago.|
|A new design of goat house has been developed, and is being promoted by lead farmers in Ghana.|
Making mud stoves in Togo
|The members of Malagu village womens group don’t make money from the mud stoves that they manufacture and the demonstration workshops they hold in neighbouring villages.|
But they do pass on the equipment and knowledge in exchange for grain, and sometimes poultry, says Yatouti Sinhari of Self Help Africa’s local partners TRAX-Togo.
Terracing and land reclamation
|Villagers at Nadiog work in the baking heat to move rocks and heavy boulders, so that they can have more land on which to farm.|
Well drilling in Togo
|For generations, the villagers of Pana in Northern Togo have had to walk every day to gather clean water for the household. But that will all change when a borehole, currently under construction, is completed in the coming months.|
Working in a harsh, hot environment
|For communities living along the southern fringes of the Saharan Desert in the Centre-North region of Burkina Faso, farming is the only way of life.|
Temperatures in the high 40s C are commonplace across this Sahelian belt of arid grassland and semi-desert. As a result, the environment is harsh and unforgiving, and the quality of the seasonal rains is often the main factor in determining whether it will be a good, or a bad year. Sika village is one such community.
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