Increasing Food Production

UTAP works with community leadership by assisting farmers in the Northern Regions in the short-term and long term arid Africa to improve food security.

Farmers will be provided during the dry season irrigation assistance and seeds to grow production food items during the dry season. Following successful harvests, the farmers and communities will teach their neighbors about the new technologies, creating a ripple effect to stimulate food self-reliance across arid Africa that constitutes a third of the continent.

Infant mortality in Africa often is linked with malnutrition, primarily because the maize porridge that infants are weaned on lacks complete nutrition, preventing the development of strong, healthy bodies that can ward off disease and infection.

Since improving agricultural development is only half the battle, the UTAP program helped identify less costly, more efficient local markets for the farmers to sell their surplus crops, with a higher margin of profit.

  • The Dry Season

    In the dry season, agricultural operation is 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 or wet season occurs during a warm season, or summer, precipitation takes place.  In the wet season, air quality improves, fresh water quality improves, and vegetation grows substantially, leading to crop yields late in the season. Rivers overflow their banks and drains into lakes along the white Volta river networks.    
  • Dredging Existing Lakes

    UTAP proposes expanding five (5) midsize lakes spreading along the White Volta, dredged or dug-up to regain lost storage, improve water supply reservoirs, improve fish habitat, and use nutrient-rich sediments for planting of fruits and vegetables. None of the lakes sediments are considered contaminated in any form.