This book is based on a true story in West Africa, not in the steamy coastal area but in the dry semi-desert plains in the north. Ivan is employed to work as the project agricultural advisor, he learns to speak the local language and finds that the
farmer families in the villages good to work with. He has the support of the project director, Mustapha, and finds his widowed daughter attracted to him. The project has many twists and turns over the twenty year period, but manages to survive through wholesale
fraud, corruption and contradictory government legislation, and manages to improve the incomes of the farmer families.
West African Project