Preparing Food in Rural Uganda

Wednesday, November 16, 2011  at 6:58 AM
rural uganda farming by Danalynn C
Every house has several small fields where food is grown.  Common crops are plantains, beans, peas and cabbage.  Farmers will buy and sell among each other so they have food all year round, but most crops are not cash-crops.

rural uganda farming by Danalynn C
This man was rowing his dugout canoe across the lake to refill his supply of rice.

rural uganda farming by Danalynn C
Days begin early, usually with working in the fields.  Food, water and farming materials are always carried on top of the head, even when maneuvering the steep, slippery, narrow pathways.

rural uganda farming by Danalynn C
Most of the day is spent working the fields, whether planting, taking care of growing crops, or harvesting.  This woman is working in a field of flowers which are used to make insecticide—this is one of the few cash crops that are cultivated.

rural uganda farming by Danalynn C
After a long day of work, it’s time to come home and prepare dinner over a wood-burning fire.  In the evenings, the valley is filled with smoke from the fires.

rural uganda farming by Danalynn C
We helped our Couchsurfing host prepare dinner most nights—here, Chris is tending the fire (it must be watched constantly to keep it at the right temperature for cooking the food) while our host checks to see if the rice is done

rural uganda farming by Danalynn C
Eating dinner by candlelight—potatoes, plantains, a slice of avocado, shredded cabbage and beans, a feast!
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