The farmers forced to migrate

shopping_cart BUY Tamale is a big, busy market, where people from all over the country, including from neighbouring countries, like Togo, troup in to buy and sell produce at the weekends(Friday to Sunday). The market is a destination for produce farmed by both small scale and large scale farmers. Recently, many small scale farmers have joined traders at Tamale market to make extra income. The drought has affected their yields, and they haven't been able to sell as much produce as a result. They have resorted to trading to make ends meet. HIDE shopping_cart BUY Kawusada is a 15 year old student, who helps her mother trade at the market. Kawusada's family are originally from Yepalsi in the Northern region of Ghana. They are amongst the small scale farmers who have been forced to move this year following heavy drought. Most of the family's tomatoes and peppers dried up this year, leaving the family with no other choice but to move from their home town to Navrongo, where they now purchase produce from other farmers to sell. HIDE Kawusada tills a drought ravaged land belonging to her mother. The once fertile and thriving land of Mrs. Teni is now barren, and the few surviving crops are stipped into small stumps and twigs sticking out of the ground. Mrs. Teni used to have have tomato and pepper plants that bore enough for them to sell in the Tamale market. With the lack of rainfall and no way to irrigate, the crops have perished, and the family now make weekly trips to Navrongo in search of produce to sell. HIDE Kawusada poses with her father and mother. Kawusafa's father, Como Naa, is a cattle farmer. Her mother, Teni Salifu is a small scale farmer. Due to the drought, most of their crop died in intense heat and lack of rainfall. The crops that survived yielded little, or nothing usable, putting the family in a difficult financial situation. HIDE shopping_cartBUY Kawusada and her mother, Teni Salifu, select tomatoes and peppers for Kawusada to sell at Tamale market. This picture was taken before the drought hit Kasuwada's family. All the produce seen here have been harvested from Mrs. Teni's farm in Yepalsi. A few months on, the situation is very difficult for the family, who now have to purchase produce from others. HIDE Kasuwada and her mother purchase produce from a bus in Navrongo. This bus sells produce here, and in surrounding villages and towns. It comes all the way from Techiman, the capital of Techiman Municipal and Bono East Region of Ghana, and a leading market town in South Ghana. Kawusada and her mother come here every Wednesday to buy tomatoes from the truck. They are joined by other small scale farmers, who currently don't have enough to sell. HIDE Tomatoes bought off a truck. The rural farmers who have irrigation systems haven't suffered as much from the recent drought, and are still able to produce tomatoes like these. Others are having to buy from them now. HIDE Kawusada and a motorcycle rider secure a box of tomatoes onto his motorcycle. After buying their tomatoes from the truck in Navrongo, Kasuwada's family usually hire a motorcycle driver to carry their purchase back to the Tamale market. HIDE Kawusada sells tomatoes in the market. A student, she uses her after school hours to help her mother sell produce. HIDE In the bustling marketplace, Kawusada engages in the transaction of selling vegetables to a customer. In a twist of fate, her family's survival now hinges upon the profits derived from their trading endeavors. At just 15 years old, Kawusada assumes the dual role of a student and an active participant in her family's market activities, working alongside her mother. shopping_cart BUY HIDE Kawusada and her father's wives till the drought ravaged land belonging to her mother. The once fertile and triving land of Mrs. Teni, Kawusada's mother is now barren and the few surviving crops stripped into just small stumps and twigs sticking out of the ground. With the lack of rainfall and no way to irrigate, all the crops have perished leaving the family no choice but to rely on their weekly trips to Navrongo to purchase the foodstuffs they need to sell in the market. shopping_cart BUY HIDE Kawusada poses with her father's wives. However, this year proved harsh as the family's crops perished due to extreme heat and insufficient rainfall. The remaining yield, unfortunately, was unsellable, plunging the family into a challenging financial situation. To overcome these hardships, all family members have embraced alternative trades such as shea butter production and market trading, striving to make ends meet and secure their livelihoods. HIDE