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…

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…

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,…

Field Day

On 5 October, the development agency I work with organized a field day at the Macondo demonstration plot for the community’s farmers and those of a neighboring community. In total 71 farmers attended and it was as even a split as possible between men and women. Babies in attendance not counted. We first gathered in…

Tisuŋ ni taba: contraception

Mid August we had our seventh girls club meeting and we covered family planning. In the session before, we focused on HIV/AIDS and did a condom demonstration. Conversation turned to contraception thus providing me with the topic for our next meeting. To prepare, I visited a nearby clinic and our district hospital. I particularly wanted…

Pa mi I sↄana, saa kyana

“Fold your mat, rain is coming.” Oh and has it come. 11 and 12 August saw two straight nights of heavy rain. Imagine having the white static of your television at full blast – that’s what it sounded like on the zinc roof. I took my 5 minute bucket bath only to emerge to three new…

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….

Dumso

Dumso: “lights off” meaning an electrical black out. Macondo does not have electricity and is therefore in perpetual dumso. Which is odd because there are functioning electrical lines going right passed us. I have been to remote communities in the bush and they have electricity. So, why not call up the electric company and hook us up…