Week 4: Demo plot

The rains really came. Mid July it rained every day for almost a week and this put a damper (pun intended) on demonstration plot activities. For one, at the Week 2 mark, we were supposed to do the first round of fertilizer application on the farmer plot. Weeds were growing like crazy as we had…

Fatimata

Fatimata is my Macondo mom. In one of the first meetings I had with a Farmer Based Organization (FBO) from the village, I asked Rauf, my CP to tell the members to invite me to things. Anything. To tell them I enjoyed work. It was the best way I felt I could start to get to…

Of Mice and Maria

I had not been in Macondo long before I realized I was not the only one living in my room. In fact, it was my first real day as a PCV at site. It had been about two weeks since site visit and I was cleaning up, unpacking, deciding how to decorate my new space….

We are all the same

I cried last night. The whole day I had been in a bad mood. Somehow off, unable to identify the source of this melancholy. It was the last thing I expected after the good mood of celebrating the 4th of July and Eid al-Fitr. Trying to shift my foul mood, I thought to do a…

Demonstration plot

Along with my site, I was also assigned the primary project of doing a demonstration plot. To do this I was linked up with an internationally funded agriculture project. For Macondo specifically, maize is to be our focus. I am only bringing this up now because although my primary project, it can only be done…