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Ghana 2002

Funsi Development - Context

Funsi is a capital. It is the largest town in the Paasaal speaking area, and relatively it is well off. There are primary and junior schools, a borehole, a health clinic and a market in Funsi.

Two maps of the Funsi project area; political and services

The other villages in the Paasaal speaking area are mainly accessible by motorbike only, and are poorer than Funsi. James has invited me to come back again and spend a week or more in the area, to visit some of the villages. This is on condition that I bring other people with me who would be interested. I'm not planning to do this at the moment, but if you are interested, then email me, and perhaps you can persuade me.

Map of soil quality in Upper West Region. The area shaded with diagonal lines is the Paasaal area, shown in the other two maps above.

However remote you go, there's always somewhere more remote, somewhere worse off. Even the remoter parts of the Paasaal area are relatively accessible and developed.

As you can see from the map of Upper West Region, the Paasaal area has very good soil. It also has a low population. Compared to areas nearer to the Burkina Faso border, and indeed across the border, it has a very high standard of living. This may degrade as the population is increases.

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