Togo is a West African country with 56,785 km square. The population is estimated to 5, 7 Million (2007, GF). The country is divided into 5 regions: Maritime, Plateau, Central, Kara, and Savannah. The regional capitals are: Tsevie (Maritime), Atakpame (Plateau), Sokode (Central), Kara (Kara), Dapaong (Savannah). Lome, the capital of Togo, is located in the Maritime region.
There are two climatic regions in Togo:
- From Blitta up to Cinkassé in the North: Soudanian climate. Characteristics: One rainy season from April or May - October. The dry season from November to March with two different periods: November-January; during this time it is dry, cool and dusty in the morning (18-24C) and 30-36C in the afternoon: This is called “Harmattan”. February to April: period of heat. Average temperature: 34C
- From Blitta to Lome. We have Guinean climate:
2 rainy seasons and 2 dry seasons (4 seasons)
- April-June: Rainy season
- Mid July-August: Dry season (Time is cool and humid: Westerly locally called “mousson”. Average temperature: 24C)
- September-October: short Rainy season
- November-March: Dry season. Harmattan is not heavy in the south.
The South is greener than the North. There are many medium mountains: Pic d’Agou (986 m), Les Monts du Togo, Les Monts Aledjo, L’Atakora…
More than 50% of the population is farmers. The major products are:
- Cash crops: coffee, coco, cotton
- Food crops: corn, sorghum, millet, yams, cassava, rice, beans.
- Fruits: bananas, pineapples, mangos, oranges, avocados, watermelons
Peace Corps Togo has given me the chance to spend two years living in a vibrant community and experiencing a truly rich culture. From the anticipation of market days to the joy of the arrival of the rainy season, it has been a time that I'll never forget.William Vu, Togo SED RPCV 2008 - 2010