Local farming

Agriculture is an important part of the local economy and food security. Families farm small plots by hand for personal consumption and for sale in the market. Collectives pull resources and work together on larger plots. The most common crops in our area include greens, tomatoes, palm (for oil), corn, manioc, okra, sweet potatoes, hot peppers, rice, pineapples, papaya and bananas. This picture of raised beds of greens is from a local agricultural training center.

Local animals raised for consumption include pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, snails and rabbits.

Fish farming in man-made ponds (foreground) is also common locally, usually catfish and tilapia. Catfish will eat almost anything. Jen has seen them tearing apart a dead goat. Apparently they can strip a dead animal to its bone in a couple of days. In the background are palm trees for making palm oil.


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