VOLTA RIVER LAND CLEARANCE AND SETTLEMENT, GHANA, 1969.
Construction of the Volta River dam at Akosombo has created what is claimed to be the world's largest man-made lake. Where once some 85,000 people farmed the valleys and hills, there is now a lake of 3,275 square miles. Hydro-electric power obtained from the dam is of vital importance to Ghana's industrialisation but the resettlement of 12,000 farming families has presented the government with many problems. Land clearance and housing for 52 resettlement villages build around the lake was carried out mostly by manual labour. 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.
A newly built school in one of the resettlement villages. As the children's nutrition has improved, through WFP food aid, so has their attendance and grades.