Builsa South is home to the biggest markets in all of northern Ghana and people travel over 12 hours to buy and sell here. It’s a feast for your senses with bowls of bright red chilli peppers lining the streets and the smell of burning charcoal cooking maize for hungry passers-by. Many children also come here to sell and earn money for their family. At these busy transit points, with trucks coming and going, these are hotspots for child trafficking and with a market day every six days, children are missing vital schooling.
For generations, people in Builsa South have been farming to earn their living and today, 70% of the population relies on agriculture for their income. The area is known for its production of rice, shea nut, maize and soya beans but recently changing climates have caused these crops to fail. Children are going hungry as 7 in 10 families do not have an adequate food supply and people need to find alternative sources of income in order to protect and provide for their families.