Rice, like many crops in Ghana, is not always grown in a uniform manner, as seen here. The practice of many different families and groups preparing, sowing, spraying and harvesting at different times on their respective plots leads to this patchwork effect. In the ideal world there would be more co-ordination and collaboration - as we see on the large single owner plantations - providing economies of scale and greater use of mechanised, efficient systems. It is not impossible for various groups to organise themselves into co-operatives for efficiency and increased productivity. However the evidence of economic collaboration is often found to be lacking, across the country, as shown in this image. Photo courtesy Patricia Mawuli.