Project progress

This is going to be a mash update (puns intended) on the different projects in Macondo that I have recently blogged about (the last four in fact!). It really has been an eventful couple of months and definitely the highlights of my service – at least when it comes to project stuff. Atinya aka cashew…

Hope in a quarter acre

I do not consider the 2016 demonstration plot a success – yet. The point was to teach farmers some better (or best) agricultural practices, compare it to their current methods and let the difference in yields speak for itself. And the farmers, with that alone, were going to be convinced to change their ways, right?…

Fall armyworm strikes again

It is still only the beginning of the season up here in Northern region and the Fall Armyworm (FAW) has struck Ghana, north and south, bad. And it is not just Ghana. I feel like the northern regions should have been better prepared seeing as we now had a year of experience with this pest…

Atinya

Atinya, or as we know it, cashew, is not a nut I ever enjoyed. On airplanes, in the mixed nut pre-flight snack passengers get, I would always separate them out and my mom would happily take them. But like most nuts (actually, cashew is a seed but whatever), aside from the ground nut, I had…

Scholarship application process

Last week marked the application deadline for the Gender Youth Development (GYD) girls scholarship. This is an annual project Peace Corps Ghana has been doing for a few years now and its really something spectacular. This is what I shaved my head for! And we raised way more than my asking price. A HUGE thank…

Ghana Glo

A friend visited me in Ghana! And not just any friend but my BFF, one of my oldest friends – twenty years and counting – Gloria aka Glo. She is the friend who when we were kids, would not let me leave the house looking like a slob. And as the day progressed and my…

Macondo Manika

For the first few months of this year, nothing happened (my fault) and then in what seemed like a blink of an eye, I had a grant approved, my community was building and I just placed orders on a couple mills. But let me back up a little. Although haphazard, there was a process. A…

“So, in Ghana…”

Here I thought I was going to have all the time in the world to write while on vacation. Boy was I wrong. I did not even get a single blog entry draft in! Mid April to mid May, I got to spend in England. I had not been back in almost four years and…

CA Series Entry 4: Herbicide application

I know what you may be thinking – herbicide application in conservation agriculture? Correct. We are not talking about organic farming. CA allows the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, fungicides, pesticides and herbicides. What matters in CA is again, precision. In today’s entry, this means, measured dilution of herbicide in water and correct amount of…

Northern Ghana Pre-Season Forum

The end of March marks the ‘hot season’ in Ghana. This is when the harmattan winds cease and humidity caused by sporadic rains makes the air even heavier and harder to deal with. Compared to 2016, this year is already proving to be different – for one, the first rain Macondo saw was only a…

CA Series Entry 3: Mechanized Land Preparation

In Conservation Agriculture (CA), mechanized land preparation uses different machinery to abide by the pillar of minimal soil disturbance. Namely, it uses an attachment called a ripper. The one we had available at training was a spring loaded ripper. It has three components and are in the order of their function: 1. Discs – They…

Women: Making a difference since time immemorial

Today I want to highlight individual women in Macondo who are super in every sense of the word. They are strong, hardworking, caring, kind and wow have they made all the difference in my service. Without them, I simply would not be anywhere near as content as I am in Macondo. For International Women’s Day,…