Nepal Plowing Field

Nepal Plowing Field
Pokjara, Nepal Asia
February 5, 2007

I want some of the good ole boys from Indina to come to Nepal and learn how to plow. I believe this has wooden plow points.

Oxen pulling a plow in Pokjara, Nepal.

Nepal Plowing Field

Incredibly Rich West Africa

Incredibly Rich West Africa
Amlame, Togo West Africa
Monday, April 23, 2007

I have traveled too much, I have seen to many versions of poor. I ain’t buying it, West Africa is rich.

West Africa
The subsistence farming here in West Africa has an over-abundance of flat land and water and sparsely populated. It seems to me, to be the perma-culture, self staining, and no need for the outside world, insulated, separated like the USA. The land gives what the people needs and more.

If this area the planet could find a way to have solar electricity for less than 20 U.S. dollars per family, they would almost not need anyone. Sadly, the more they strive for cell phones, cars, televisons and fashion, I suspect the more problems they will have, not less. The danger lies in want of luxury jobs, that provide non-essential trades ike the tissage or tress, and even the moto taxi.

The cost of living here is nothing and life is easy.

However, what is killing me is how they grow food in West Africa; I would guess they farm less than 15-20 percent of the land. Then after they plant something, they just hope it grows.

This means in a way, they have the worlds easiest farming to do, they can just plant something and hope, they do not even need to weed, and they have enough food to get fat. I was thinking, I do not see tractors, or oxen pulling plows, I seen one in Kpalime, however for the part, they just walk out and hack up the ground, make into these special anti-rain mounds, plant and hope it grows, no special work, easy, anyone can do it, and most do in a way, but not much.

I was thinking, the beef here is somewhat difficult, I do not see many cows, or cattle, however there are groups they call the cattle people. They grow goats here, and goats take very small amounts of care, then there are few chickens.

There is nothing grown in surplus except these stupid little peppers called Pims and they are everywhere, I think they grow in surplus because they cannot stop them from growing.

There is no BACKUP.

If they had a water problem in the middle of this rainy area, it is not a rainforest, as best I can tell, and for sure not a cloud forest, but it is very wet, I believe. How can they have a water problem?

There is no extra food, the risk here is a bad crop, if they have a crop problem, then no food, they need to learn how to can foods.

There are no cash crops grown that makes any sense, no mass-produced cash crops or animal husbandry. The only raise what they need.

They have no money. They make the homes out of clay, wood, and materials close to their home. The water cost, but they have the money to buy it, and it is clean, I drink it every day.

What happens of my feeling is this, I think when a person needs money, they become somewhat ridiculously easy to negotiate with, and they will not lose the deal under any condition.

I think money is just an extra, good if they have it, but then who cares really. The life is easy, too easy, they can grow food too easy, there is no striving or working for the food. There is no motivation to strive to better yourself. There seems not desire to fight for a job.

There are some indicators of need.

1. Number of beggars.
2. The amount of theft.
3. How much land is farmed.
4. How dirty are people clothes.
5. How much they will negotiate and still sell you an item or services.
6. How hard is it to steal available food that is growing.

I had a friend try to tell me the price of a Bungalow in Indonesia, I thought he was going to say 300 US or something. I can rent good room in Bangkok for 40 US per month, with AC. I rent a room here in Lome, Togo for 20 US per month, no AC.

The cost of renting a room on the planet starts about always at one-fourth the monthly wages or less. The people of Togo earn abut 30 as base pay and this would mean a room should start at 10 or something like that, and I believe I can rent a room for that.

All six of these items above are at an incredible low.

I sort of feel like I am in the lower part of Brazil, or the upper part of Argentina and there is no cattle, and no farming.

This could be the next Brazil farming boom, and the trees are already cut down. Note, I think one of the number one businesses in Togo or West Africa is the making of Charcoal. Charcoal is a luxury, as best I can determine, not a need.

Malnutrition, and badly balanced diets, overweight, etc is probably everywhere, I do believe the introduction of large amounts of vegetable seeds would alter their diets. They do not have the grub-stake to just start luxury crops, and do not see the need, they are farming thes same they have since the days of colonization, the eat Baguettes.

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Incredibly Rich West Africa

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

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

West African Tsetse Fly Farming Mystery

West African Tsetse Fly Farming Mystery
Nkawkaw, Ghana West Africa
Thursday, August 23, 2007

My mind is continually miffed by the question,
- Why doesn’t West Africa use oxen to plow? -

There appears to be or was the Tsetse Fly that was deadly to livestock. As best I can discern, this Tsetse Fly caused problems for Horses, Cows, Oxen, and other larger animals.

Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin all seem to have very few animals, while Niger to the north just below the Sahara Desert does have more Animals. The size of farm plots of one crop is larger appears much larger in Niger, than in Ghana. The gas or diesel tractor is rare in Ghana, however there seems to be more bulldozer and backhoes than tractors.

I believe the farming of West Africa is still being done primitively compared to the rest of the planet. Countries rich in land and natural resources, however not clearly capable of using them efficiently.

West African Tsetse Fly Farming Mystery

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