Happy Farmers’ Day!


Author of this post:

CBS Project Manager Melanie


Since 1985, the first Friday in December is celebrated as Farmers’ Day in Ghana. Farmers and fishermen are rewarded for their hard work and contributions to socio-economic development of the country (remember that Ghana is one of the biggest cocoa producers worldwide!). What we did on this holiday will be told in another post, but today, I want to tell you about our little farming attempt.

When Gordon visited most former CBS-Volunteers in Europe in Summer 2015, he was impressed by the many beautiful gardens, balconies, allotment gardens, small urban gardening projects in their homes many of the past volunteers or their parents had. As I have a huge, very beautiful roof top in Zurich, I myself had a lot of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Entertainment possibilities in Navrongo are – compared to Zurich – quite limited and gardening in fact is a really nice hobby, so one day at the beginning of the rainy season, we had the idea to also plant some few vegetables, fruits and herbs.

Unfortunately, the rain was not really sufficient this year, and the harvest was not really a good one. There were some critical days where a good rainfall was missing. Especially the corn did not really do well, and the sweet potatoes, which I like so much and was most excited about, didn’t grow at all! In the end, all the money and energy that went into preparing the soil and taking care of the little garden over several months certainly could have gotten me me more products from the local market than the produce of the garden… BUT, the basil plant really did – and still does – very well, I had special yellow pepper and tomatoes too were growing OK!

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About the author:
Melanie is a social anthropologist and holds a MA in Development Studies with a focus on Local Development Strategies from the distinguished Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She is a qualified trainer of youth leaders in Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation and has led youth projects in Switzerland, Ghana and Kenya.
Melanie is a Co-Founder of CBS Business School and the Co-President of Sono Foundation Switzerland.

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