Ghana Farm Tractor
Ghana Farm Tractor
Accra, Ghana West Africa
Friday, August 17, 2007
I saw about one Farm Tractor per month in Togo, I saw one along the road from Lome to Accra the other day here in Ghana. I saw many Car sales lots and one tractor there also.
I now have seen what I think is my third Farm Tractor in Ghana.
I think this is some type of Antique junk farm tractor; it seems to be in very bad condition and maybe part of the “Scramble for Africa.”
Cecil Rhodes around 1890 proposed that the best use of West Africa was for Farming, and over 100 years later it is still waiting to be used for cash crops, my guess is they use about 15 percent of tillable land.
There is probably enough under used farmland in West Africa to feed all of Africa and most of Europe. Therefore, what does the world do to feed Africa; they send Food, when somehow it would make more sense to send Tractors. I suppose the world leaders know, the African leaders would probably just put them back on a boat and sell them to Asia, so what is the point.
There is an idea, set up a tractor loaning volunteer agency, go and loan tractors to villages to take them from hoe farmers to producing enough money they can buy two cell phones and a motorcycle.Ghana Farm Tractor
I most of the problem is when big rich countries send government aid, the government insists the aid money is spent on their own products.
when the USA promised Africa millions in Aid money in the G8, for example, President Bush insisted they will only send USA products. USA food, vehicles, medicine etc. So in effect all the money for Africa was spent inside the USA economy.
'We will send you all our left-over food rather than help you grow your own, because then your economy would be a competition to our own. And this way we basically control your country.'
I use the USA as one example, because I remember this in the news at the time. However, nearly all rich countries do this with government aid (my own UK included).
only the NGOs occasionally suggest 'try doing some farming'... and from your reports, even most NGOs are crap.