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Surveying the garden

2006/Week 48

Sitting idle during the dry season isn't wasted on these peasants. They are starting to grow vegetables, one of the region's most important economic activities after the end of the rains. The work in an irrigated vegetable garden starts with surveying the area to be brought into cultivation. Here in Bogoya, fifty men and women will work on two hectares, to harvest onions, tomatoes and cabbage in four months from now.

The show must go on

2006/Week 47

A Burkinese woman's life is much easier with a motorised mill. It costs a mere trifle to have your millet, sorghum or maize, milled to flour. The machine itself costs a pretty penny: 1500 euros. Donating mills is an outstanding means for showing off: politicians do it during election campaigns, or Westerners to buy off their guilty conscience… and ten years later the mill is broke and the villagers look for one or another project to finance them a new one. The show must go on, isn't it.

Pottery in Benh

2006/Week 46

The woman on the picture belongs to a group that earns some extra with baking pots. Honestly speaking, their oven is a masterpiece: compared to those baked in open air, their pots are more solid and more uniformly coloured. Baking pots conceals a lot of mysteries. The tricks of the trade are handed on from mother to daughter.

Picture of the week: Reaping the harvest

2006/Week 45

Satisfied and proud, Joseph Komi is standing in front of his half filled granary in the village of Sergsoma. The other part of the harvested millet is being dried, and will be stored soon. The Burkinese farmers are not complaining: this year has been very good.

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