Farming in the Third World (weekly photo challenge)

The theme for WordPress’ weekly photo challenge this week is “Simple”.

That made me think of this photo I took when I lived in a small village in Nepal. The local farmers were busy planting rice in order to take advantage of all the water that pours down during rainy season.
Nepalese Traktor

Nepalese tractor. No need to worry about any carbon footprint…

Here’s my Nepalese neighbors busy on the rice paddies: their method & tools are simple, eco-friendly, brilliant & ancient.

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49 thoughts on “Farming in the Third World (weekly photo challenge)

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  2. perfect choice, it is so good to remember the simple ways … and yes hard work, but how much more satisfying at the end of the day! thanks for the pingback 🙂

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  4. Perfect choice for this week’s theme. The photo depicts simple living, yet it also shows how hard working the farmer is.
    Thanks for the link! Have a great weekend! 🙂

    • Thanks Margie. I lived in this small village in Nepal for 3 months: in a small stone house equipped with only the basics (one lamp, a tiny kitchen, some painting equipment, a radio & some of books). I shared the house with a bunch of rats that kept running around during nights as they were looking for food.
      It was an interesting experience.
      Perhaps I’ll write a post about it some day, or translate the article that I wrote a few years back…

  5. oh wow, the irony!
    simple indeed – looks like a lot of hard, manual labour to go from planting to harvesting.
    thanks for sharing this poignant post.

  6. Very simple indeed. You are lucky to have been able to see this in person, and then to share it with so many others.

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  9. How much knowledge and hard work does one need to do something so simple! Thanks for illustrating it. Makes my job look easy! Thanks for visiting my site and for the ping back.

  10. Perhaps in the meantime there are small machines in use too (like here) which are doing the work faster and louder. And it’s not always so romantic like it looks (they are burning the rest after the harvest) because they have absolutly no ecological intentions.

    • Still I guess it’s more eco-friendly than a lot of the big-scale industrial farming with chemicals etc. The work they are doing on this picture is definitely not romantic – just hard labour.

      • Times without chemicals are long gone too. No chance to get a good harvest without. There’s a big gap between how those pictures are seen by urban westerners and 3rd world reality.

        • Yes, you’re probably right: Monsanto is busy poisoning the world & getting rich doing it.

          I read somewhere that if everyone ate organic food, we wouldn’t have enough food to feed the planet, because there’s just too many mouths to feed.

          At the market it was possible to buy DDT insecticide on a spray-can: it’s totally banned in the West, so the western companies continues to sell their products in third-world countries instead, where the laws are still non-existent and/or the legislation is more “flexible”.

          • That’s how it is. We tried here to use organic fertilizer but it’s too compiicated. The farmers don’t understand why they should change their behaviour.

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