Small scale women farmers in Kumbungu District Ghana
Mrs Abibatu working on her farm. Mrs. Abibatu is a widow and the sole caretaker of her four children. For several years without breaks, Mrs. Abibatu cultivated her land, draining all the nutrients from the soil. She acquired the land from her husband upon marriage, as is custom in her community when a woman marries into the community. Lately, though, Mrs Abibatu hasn't been able to depend solely on her farm for revenue. Rising temperatures have led to pests multiplying and attacking crops. Army worms have been one of the main issues causing loss of crops and yield. Unfortunately, there is not much she she can do about it, but to continue trying to farm on her infertile land. HIDE
Pests on the stem of a maize plant at Mrs Abibatu's farm. Army worms infesting maize and other crops are a major consequence of weather change in the region and the rest of the country. Mrs. Abibatu can’t afford money to buy chemicals that would allow her to get rid of the worms. She therefore faces an immense challenge trying to control army worm infestations, and salvage some of her yields. Pests are not the only challenge Mrs Abibatu has had to face. Her farm has also been affected by lack of rainfall and drought; so have farms in the wider Northern region. Drought weather has reduced her yields year after year, and the latter is being reduced further by pest challenges. shopping_cart BUY
Ms. Abibatu and a friend harvest maize and pepper crops on her farm. Ms Abibatu is one of several women who are small-scale farmers in Kumbungu, a district situated in the Northern region of Ghana. Ms Abibatu owns her farm and runs it on her own. With limited resources available to small-scale farmers, and increasing challenges posed by rising temperatures, Ms Alibatu and other women in the area have created a group to support each other. This group is the reason why Ms Abibatu is joined by a friend to harvest on this day. HIDE
Mrs. Khadija is a mother of four children and also a small-scale farmer. She belongs to the same group Mrs Abibatu belongs to. Even though Mrs. Khadija also shares similar challenges to Ms. Abibatu's she tells me is optimistic that change will come. Mrs Khadija's husband also supports her financially when he can, which also helps. HIDE
Women in Kumbong-Kukuo help to harvest maize in a farm belonging to one of the members of the group they formed to help each other in their small scale farming. shopping_cart BUY
Harvest of maize from one of the women's farm. The women help in almost all aspects of processing the maize till its transported to be sold on the market. shopping_cart BUY
Women from the area help each other with fetching water, and irrigating their respective farms. They will usually take turns fetching water for everyone, so each one of them doesn't have to take on the chore more often.
A reservoir that holds water that the women of Kumbong-Kukuo, a suburb of Tamale fetch for irrigation of their farms duing the drought in Tamale HIDE
The water reservoir drying up in the Kumung Kukuo district. Women have to walk long distances carrying water to irrigate their farms as well as the other women's farms. But lately, the reservoir they depend upon for water fetching and irrigation has been drying up. It has been a few months since the rain stopped in this area, and there is no sign of water coming back soon. Unfortunately, this is the main water source the community rely on, and this absence of water therefore is a big challenge for the community. The community hope that by the time reservoir dries completely, the crops will have usually been harvested, or ready to harvest. If not, yields will be very poor. shopping_cart BUY
Mr. Fusseini a farmer pictured on his farm. Mr Fusseini is also farmer in the Kumbungu district. Unlike his female peers, he is able to take good care of his farm as he has more time to spend on it. Mrs. Abibatu has house chores and child care to fulfil in addition to farming - tasks, which Mr. Fusseini does not have to take on. Because Mr. Fussieni spend more time at his farm(maize farming)he is able to harvest more in a shorter amount of time, and thus, to make more money from it. Speaking to him, he explains he hires laborers to work on his, as he has the money to pay them. He also uses chemicals and fertilizers, which he is able to buy. HIDE
Women from the Kumbungu community fetch sand in the forest. One of the activities women small-scale farmers practice to earn revenue on the side is collecting sand in the forest. Once collected, this sand is sold to villagers to build their houses.