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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The traditional utilisation of labour in agriculture on the Lower Volta, Ghana
Author:Lawson, Rowena M.ISNI
Periodical:The Economic Bulletin of Ghana
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:subsistence farming
agricultural workers
Abstract:Part of a study of rural economic growth on the Lower Volta, 1954-65. Concerned with the traditional small-scale farming sector. A micro-study of the village of Battor, with a population of 6 71 was made in 1954 and repeated in 1965, Small scale farming around Battor is still typical of the traditional agricultural sector and generalisations made here can probably be applied to most of the traditional agriculture of the Lower Volta, with its riparian population of 54,000. Records of farming were taken over a period of sixteen months from January, 1964 to March, 1965, covering three main planting seasons. Throughout this survey period the agricultural activities of 21 households which obtained their main source of income from agriculture were recorded daily, all labour and other inputs were recorded and off-takes measured and valued. A scheme shows the average time spent by farmers over year. Comparison is made with Western Nigeria. Notes, tables.