Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ghana Field Site: Dzamam

Dzamam is a sub-district of Upper Manya Krobo District. The district was formed just two years ago, after Manya Krobo became too large to adequately distribute resources. The new district is working to develop its own systems and leadership. Its capital is Asesewa, which is about one hour by car from the Eastern Region capital of Koforidua. Dzamam consists of sub-districts and communities which are largely farmers of cassava, maize, and cocoa yam. There are also fishing villages since the Volta River and its tributaries are in the area. Market day is Friday in Asesewa (mini-market on Monday) so that is the busiest transport day- with tro-tros and cars kicking up heaps of dust on the usually quiet roads. It has been a pleasure to get to know this area- with rich soil, lush green mountains during this rainy season, and welcoming people. The useful phrase, “Mo choom ka” or “Thank you very much” in the local Krobo language, has served us well.

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