Afrika, Ghana

close to Mankessim, in the middle of the outback


Ghana Farm Project

The idea of the Lake Agege Farm is mainly influenced by Willi Bell, a Missionary’s son, professional fotographer and the first publisher in the 1950s newly independent Ghana.
After retiring from publishing business, Bell founded a very special farm near Mankessim, directly on the shore of Lake Agege. In the middle of vast bushlands, he planned to combine crop rotation with aquaculture. After breeding Tilapia-fish in artificial ponds, draining the basins of water would leave a soil manured by fish-excrements to plant first rice, then different kinds of vegetables.
The Idea could only partially be put into action: Willi Bell died too early.
We want to continue his engagement for a sustainable, regional, down-sized agriculture in our own way.

Our project is so far priorily sustained by private means and developed with the support of our local companions.

On Lake Agege Farm, we aim to create a learning- and meetingplace, where students of architecture, interior design, and construction engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Wismar convene with local farmers and builders as well as with ghanaian students for example from the Institute of Agriculture from the University of Cape Coast which is only 40 km away from our place.

“Nur hier, nur dadurch, dass sie sich auf die Besonderheiten der heimatlichen Natur eingelassen haben und das entwickelten, was an Möglichkeiten in ihr lag, ohne ihr ihre Besonderheit zu nehmen, sondern im Gegenteil, indem sie gerade die naturgegebenen Besonderheiten zu kulturellen erhöhten, entsteht wahre Kultur, der ihre Eigenart wesentlich ist, statt bloß gestaltlose Zivilisation.”
Eisel 1982.