Great Malian NGO Project- Poor Execution…. I Hope It Endures…..

You all know I am a great believer in drip irrigation. As far as I am concerned, it is the  number one way to help subsistence farmers make more money. Drip irrigation is the answer to the Sahel agriculture issues. The investment-to-profit ratio is off the charts. Nothing else compares… not even close. However, I…

Mali’s Desert Pirates Show No Mercy: The Sahara Hears No Excuses.

Mali experiences extreme growing conditions, so the margin for error is very small. The Sahara heat and dryness this time of year has no mercy;  it  listens to none of your excuses, offers no growing grace. “Heroes may die but they doesn’t get tired.”  (Amit Kalantri) This is either a bunch of hero worship crap…….

West African Jobs That Really Suck!

Here are the cheap seats. Actually, this is the daily life of the young men working apprenticeships with private transport drivers in Mali, West Africa. They are often hanging out the back, or off the top of the load like this when a paying customer needs the space inside. An 18 passenger van routinely has…

Just Eat That Bush Rat, Red Man!

A Duungooma village chief is very happily cutting up a forest rat for supper. People at home cringe. These rats live in the bush in holes, and are not like a house rat, and are actually very good eating. Sporting my newly-pushing red beard, that my wife Lynn Rayner just loves (not), the gathered village people told…

A Jackhammer Journey – A Little Too Much To Bare

“Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn’t suck.”  (Joss Whedon) Have to admit this one made me laugh out loud in the wee hours of the morning. Yes, that lifelong early morning fishing habit I can’t break, exacerbated  in the off-fishing-season by 4:00am Mali mosque calls to prayer. This week I have…