Africa Hoe Farming

Africa Hoe Farming
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hoe Farming is common in the world; however, it seems small on the internet. I took some videos yesterday of some girls working with hoes in front of their homes. Not a very serious video, however a good example of the hoe used to farm in Togo.

I have been searching now for Hoe Farming and other variations of these words for three hours. Togo farms with a Hoe, there are almost no tractors or oxen plow, they only use a Hoe. This sounds worst than reality, the truth is about anything grows easy, so to have a self-sufficient farm is simple, and not as backbreaking as it sounds. I am moving on to the word self-sufficient or maybe self-sustainable farming and edging away from using the term subsistence farming. The term subsistence farming is interpreted negatively and implies poverty.

There seems to be a difference between a farmer who cannot grow a cash-producing crop because they do not have the land, or natural resources, and the farmer that just will not produce more than their minimal needs because they do not want too. Togo has the latter; they do not grow more than is needed.

Africa Hoe Farming


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