As we hurtle towards the end of the year, there remain a couple of video projects Peter hopes to complete before our time in Niger ends. One of those is a profile of the new conference center at Maza Tsaye in Maradi.
Part of that project involves ongoing work to erect a new wall, marking out the boundary of the site. When the original farm school was founded at Maza Tsaye, it was well out of the town boundaries. But the intervening years have seen the city envelop it on all sides, so the wall should help protect the multiple projects and research farms based across the site.
Every week, the construction crew and site workers have been meeting to hang out, snack and share. So it was the perfect time to turn up and get some footage of the ongoing work.
Once we were finished, it was straight back to work. The wall building team have been working at a furious pace over the past few weeks, and are already half way along the 400m stretch of wall that is currently under construction.
Another project happening out at Maza Tsaye is the planned construction of a new school at the front of the property. The vision is to build blocks for all age groups, starting with the youngest in the new year.