Each Friday I’ll serve up a photo and give you the story behind it. This week, Kailey and I show you what a “daba” is all about while breaking up some dirt for a mud stove back during training.
While shovels and other more familiar (to this westerner at least) tools are common here, the daba is the most used tool for cultivating. We’re now at the height of rainy season, and so the tool is a common sight these days. There are a surprising number of variations as well – with many different shapes/sizes of the metal piece. It has been difficult lately to have meetings with borrowers as many of them are out in the fields. The guard for my office has even gotten into the act at the office as he has taken over some unused land next door to plant maize.
Dabas are so commonplace as a symbol of land development, that Peace Corps Burkina has even decided to use it for the title of our newly revamped business/agriculture program: DABA (Developing Agriculture, Environment and Business Activities). Going forward Peace Corps here in Burkina is putting a much heavier emphasis on agriculture, and rightfully so as it makes up about 85% of GDP. My role involves little agriculture work, but I will try to do my part with some tree plantings.