Subsistence Farming
Richard Tracy
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Subsistence Farming

Subsistence Farming

Agriculture provides one third of Ghana's income and employs more than half of the workforce. However, subsistence farmers are increasingly vulnerable and constitute a large percentage of the country′s poor, as do female head of households. Poverty is particularly acute and is increasing in the three northern savannah and central regions.As a result, people live in cramped, squalid and often dangerous conditions. Extended families of eight or more people often share one room. Access to clean water and sanitation is scarce. Female head of households have even less opportunity to own property, or access to education. Leaking roofs and cracked walls are incapable of keeping out the heavy rains and houses even collapse, causing death or injury to the occupants. The dirt floors are usually infested with parasites. Such conditions not only cause poor health, but also reduce their capacity to work and escape the cycle of poverty.

This is a photo of the kitchen at the Father Dogli Memorial Trade School (FDMTS) in New Ayoma. They prepare over 300 meals a day for the students that live on campus. Many times the school has to appeal to the refugee center for leftover food because of the lack of food supply at the school and also because of the lack of finances.



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