60 years of Independence

Yesterday marked Ghana’s 60th year of Independence. What a young country! And the first in Africa to have gained independence from colonial rule. Four years later, Peace Corps was born and as they say ‘learned to walk in Ghana’ – it received the very first PCVs ever. This last week marked Peace Corps’ 56th birthday…

CA Series Entry 2: Manual Land Preparation

Actions and necessary tools are based on using readily available and free resources. It would be nice if all farmers had GPS devices – the accuracy would be unreal but the likelihood of that is even more unreal. Even if it were possible, it would not be practical. The best methods use local, cheap (this…

Tisuŋ ni taba: friendship bracelets

In early January, we had our first meeting of the new year. There is a core group of girls that attend and it was these girls that attended this meeting. Early on, when we first started mid-2016, some expressed limiting the attendance to those who are committed and I think this has naturally happened. It…

CA Series Entry 1: Conservation Agriculture Principles

Sorry for the delay in getting the series going! Let’s dive in. There are four principles or ‘non-negotiables’ of conservation agriculture (CA): 1. Minimal soil disturbance (no till – minimum tillage) 2. Residue retention / crop cover 3. Crop rotation 4. Agroforestry Doing 1-3 equates to conservation farming and doing 1-4 to conservation agriculture. Other…

Blog series: Conservation Agriculture

Last week, I was able to attend a week long training on Conservation Agriculture in Tamale. Two trainers from Kenyan NGO, Participatory Approaches for Integrated Development (PAFID), conducted this training of trainers for myself, two fellow PCVs and about 30 Agriculture Production Officers (APOs) from the project we are linked with. It was such a…

Busua, Western Region

Traveling to Busua knocked off my bucket list traveling to all ten regions of Ghana. By no means does that indicate I have seen all there is to see here – far from it! I have yet to see the hippos in Upper West, sleep at the Kristo Buase Monastery in Brong Ahafo, sit on…

Mid-service reflections and developments

These past two months I have been inconsistent with my posts. A busy time with harvest, lots of travel and saying bye to newly minted RPVCs. Not long ago I wrote an entry marking my one year in country but now I am just past the mid-service mark and still feeling reflective, further compounded, I…

Integrated Pest Management and Striga

In November, the project I am linked with held a seminar to discuss two maize pest problems faced this season: Fall Armyworm (FA) and the Black Ant (BA). An entomologist based in the US and working on the project conducted the seminar and it was extremely informative and interactive. Macondo and our demonstration plot was…

A call for Boys Clubs

It is accepted that gender inequality cannot be solved without the participation from the dominant sex: men. For things to change, we should start young. Behaviors and gender roles are learned and learned young. They should also be challenged young. I am almost one year into service and I know countless volunteers, male or female,…

Ghana Get Some Books

English is Ghana’s official language. I have limited exposure in the south but generally, people speak it or understand enough to help us foreigners get by. The north feels like a different place (Tamale aside). I am not so far from my district capital, yet almost no one in my community speaks English and my…

More than ever

Yesterday, I woke up, excited at the prospect of a female President of the United States of America. How far in the dust had she left Trump?! All too quickly my giddy emotions drained and were quickly replaced with dread and a sadness that rendered me immobile. I started crying and he had not even…

Why I voted

Today is it. Today, Americans head to the polls to decide who will be the next President of the United States of America. My Facebook posts yesterday were I guess a little too late. But maybe, maybe it reached one person who was thinking they would rather not spend their Tuesday morning standing in a…