Ghana, one of the world's biggest producers of cocoa beans, is facing a crisis around dangerous and dirty galamsey, or informal gold mining—which experts warn could derail its agriculture sector.
This multimedia project, published by National Geographic and told using photography, video, and words, investigates the extent of damage illegal gold mining has on the environment, cocoa production, and the economy of Obuasi — Ghana’s century-old gold mining capital.
The African Energy Project
“The elders have a saying that you cannot give up on God while there is still light.”
Since 2012, Ghana has lived through an energy crisis — more commonly referred to as dumsor, literally meaning ‘on and off’. In the most severe stages of the ‘load shedding’ schedule, electricity would be off for 24-hours and then on for only 12.
This multimedia project — consisting of photography, video, words, data, and social media — explores the cause of dumsor, how it affects daily life in Ghana, and homegrown alternative energy solutions that could be used worldwide.