West Africa Logging
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Monday, April 2, 2007
I came upon an article of interest on the BBC about loggers in Peru and their fight with small groups of indigenous people.
I tend to believe BBC makes up a heartfelt topic, impossible to disprove and creates a way for the NGO to advertise for people to donate or send money to the for profit world of Non Governmental Organizations.
A Christian Catholic Priest stopped me in the streets yesterday, I say, I have no money and I do not give to people. I do not even need to listen, I know the story. I listen to check him, then brush him off, saying, go talk to the USA Peace Corps persons, they are naïve.
There is always an essence of truth, maybe 1 percent, and this is real. The truth is, here in Africa, I think they have already logged all the best trees and they are finished. Peru or the Amazon basin is more primitive than West Africa and the territory is much more difficult to log, therefore more expensive and take better equipment.
West Africa is more or less flat, the highest mountain or small hill in Togo is something like 1000 meters high, not even a foothill in Nepal, and in Peru, a baby.
West Africa was easy and the Germans, Dutch and seem to have taken all the good trees.
Peru is mountainous, and the Amazon is on the other side of the Andes and difficult to reach for the loggers.
The rain forest does grow back, but not big, somewhat smaller and brush like; I am hard pressed to believe the oxygen being made is not close or the same as the big trees.
I am worried about the world turning the planet into a rice paddy lake. The amount of water surface being created on the planet is crazy; they need to grow rice without being in water.
The burning of Africa is a problem, bigger than AID, or SIDA or whatever the NGO-ONG’s think is sellable to the naïve public. Africa is the poster child on the side of a Milk Box. A great way to raise cash from good people and do nothing.
28 percent of Ghana is farmed and 46 percent of Togo is farmed according to my Encarta Encyclopedia. I see about 95 percent of the land as being open or possible to be farmed. The loggers have cleared the land, then the West Africa people farm around the scrag, they are the worst farmers on the planet, but they do not need to do well; there is an overabundance of farmland, food is easy to grow.
Now, Togo talks about Environment, I want to see where they are re-planting the trees.
Stop. I have promised myself I will ignore the NGO-ONG of the planet, the worthless bunch of users.
My guess is Togo and Ghana farm about 15 percent of the available farmland. This is not to say, there is just an empty field, it is land that has been cleared of the big trees and brush and junk trees and plant are everywhere. It need finished and made read for large scale farming and if not, replanted to trees, but more just sits and the people use to hunt for firewood to cook.
West Africa Logging
The Business of Togo
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Saturday, May 12, 2007
A friend wrote and asked, what is the business of Togo?
Before, I thought about it, I said,
- Firewood or Charcoal. -
I was I thought kidding, and the more I think about it, maybe I was right, maybe this is the big business of normal people of Togo.
Firewood is collected and I think here is being taken to be converted or burned and made into Charcoal to be use to cook food, iron clothes etc.
There is this truck stop close to my Hotel, here in Atakpame, Togo West Africa, it is not really a truck stop, but it is where the large good or semi truck can pull over, repair and park. I never thought much about the comment on Firewood until I started noticing, there are big trucks loaded with Firewood and Charcoal.
This is a truck full of bags of Charcoal.
I was reading about Culture in my Encarta Encyclopedia program on my computer, it was interesting and there was a distinction made I never thought much about until yesterday. Under the idea of Agricultural or Sub-sistence farming societies or in that, area of cultural concepts was the idea how much the need the outside world. Subsistence farming means not so much they farm, as they do not need the outside world.
I cannot see why Togo needs any other country on the planet, the country lives off the food is produces, and most items in this country were made in Togo. They have not developed an inter-dependence on other countries, no country can hold them hostage. The USA need oil, we would fight for oil.
The country does need help protecting itself and I would almost guarantee the sale of Potassium or Minerals pays a large sum of the taxes in the country. Then a few large companies, Beer, Fanmilk, and Cell Phone probably pay the rest and the government lives on how much money they can zap on import or export and how much they can gouge this form of income. There is also the pay to enter and leave the city tax.
The Togo government provide very few services the people need, other than the water and roads, I would not say the people need their government, it is not like there are police around here protect them, more the people need protected from their government.
However, in reality, Togo does not need other countries, it exist or appears to subsist without the help of others.
The only product that may be in short supply and needed it firewood and charcoal, they will slowly burn Africa.
The more a society needs another country for special luxury need, the more time is needed to spend working. I was really laughing at the cultural definitions of band or small tribal groups where they was more or less glamorizing the idea of the family. Tribal or bands, or the more primitive groups are violent and aggressive, there is not this love you, I love other, everybody better work or they will get put outside to be eaten by the animals. If you do not clean my clothes, I find wife number three. Loyalty is from need, not from love.
Tribal, Togo Economics, Togo, Firewood,
The Business of Togo