Hoe Farming

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

Togo Africa Girl Hoe Farming

Togo Africa Girl Hoe Farming
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
July 29, 2007

This girl or woman wanted me to take her photo, she was using this Hoe to clean the front of her home in Kpalime, Togo. There is a photo showing the use of this Hoe here in Togo.

Hoe Farming is maybe the step in a the development of a culture just above Hunters and Gatherer societies. This video is not about farming, it about a common tool made in Togo on small forges and sold in all the local markets. This is a tool of the Togo culture.

The girls are cleaning the land in front of their homes, there is a daily tending to the front of the homes. The normal process is to sweep the sand clean of debris, today they decide to weed the front yard and make free of any plants.


Togo Africa Girl Hoe Farming

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