Unused land nearby the river in the dry season.

There is a dire problem that exists in relation to the two seasons. During dry season, the amount of rain in the area severely reduces. Because of this lack of rain, many farmers in Ekumdipe are forced to remain idle during the entirety of this season and lose a substantial amount of potential income for doing so. The idleness that is prevalent during this time period is one of the main reasons the community is impoverished.

Idleness during the dry season forces farmers into subsistence living.

 

As of now, the people of Ekumdipe are completely dependent upon the crop yield from the wet season. Although this is typically sufficient for survival, it does not produce surplus food to be sold at the market, thereby stifling the local economy.