VOLTA RIVER LAND CLEARANCE AND SETTLEMENT, GHANA, 1969.
Construction of the Volta River dam at Akesombo has created what is claimed to be the world's largest man-made lake. Where some 85,000 people farmed the valleys and hills, there is now a lake of 3.215 square miles. Hydro-electric power obtained from the dam is of vital importance to Ghana's industrialization but the resettlement of 12 000 farming families has presented the government with many problems. Land clearance and housing for 52 resettlement villages built around the lake was carried out mostly by manual labou.r. Food has to be provided for the previously self-supporting families until their new farms become productive. Commencing in 1964, UN/FAO World Food Programme is distributing US$ 7 million worth of foodstuffs, donated by a dozen nations. Some of these foodstuffs are unfamiliar to the people and demonstrations of their most suitable use is given by government home economists.
Workmen engaged in road construction between two of the new resettlement villages.