Unified Technology & Agricultural Program
A non-profit and non-governmental organization geared towards empowering African communities, while keeping indigenous cultures intact. We provide instruction on agricultural methods to grow agricultural entrepreneurship through research, technology, and resources to attain water security. We involve a cooperative and resilient education plan and business skills to operate on a level that meets agribusiness and profit needs.
Water, Food, and Poverty Issues in Semi-Arid Africa
The Dry Season
During the dry season, agricultural operation is near impossible without irrigation. Farmers move to cities, creating population density and poverty. The dry season is one of two seasons in semi-arid Africa. The dry season is characterized by low humidity, lack of water and depletion of subsistence crops between November to April yearly.
The Rainy-Wet Season
The rainy-wet season occurs during summer, where precipitation takes place. During this season, air quality improves, freshwater quality improves, and vegetation grows substantially. Rivers overflow their banks and drain into lakes within the white Volta river networks. Thus, leading to crop yields late in the season.
UTAP’s project expands the existing lakes along the Volta River. The expansion improves the natural drainage system, storing water during the rainy season. The plan includes two earthen dams to improve agriculture and water security. The area attracts farmers from surrounding areas and is a breadbasket to many.