The Banda area of west central Ghana is located south of the Black Volta River in an area that is today characterized by open wooded savanna. Areas to the south were historically under dense forest cover that has been subject to clear-cutting in recent decades. Agricultural practices and resource extraction have shaped local landscapes over the centuries. The construction of new roads that connect Banda to wider areas to the north and south have increased motor traffic to the area making it easier to get crops to market while also affecting availability of farm land. Effects of these activities can be seen through photographs taken in earlier decades, some of which can be viewed below.
The image below compares the main street of Banda-Ahenkro, now a District Assembly seat, as it appeared in December 1982 with July 2016. By moving the “Juxtapose” slider, you can reveal more or less of the earlier and later images.