Although the Saharawis refugees are mostly nomads or fishermen, training and capacity building sessions with a small number of Saharawis engineers conducted to a swift build-up of horticultural experience within the families, living already for more than 30 years in these refugee camps. More and more families are currently constructing their own garden, surrounded by a fence or a brick wall, in which the soil conditioner TerraCottem is applied to keep the soil moistened with a minimum of brackish irrigation water. This soil conditioner is making desert gardening possible, even easy and successful. It contributes to sustainable development within the refugee camps. As it also improves the effects of drip irrigation or other irrigation methods, application of this technology offers possibilities to solve a number of problems in other refugee camps, mostly located in harsh environments all over the world.
The pictures below show undeniably some of these interesting opportunities :
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Picture No. 117 : One of our demonstration gardens. Soil treated with the water stocking soil conditioner TerraCottem to keep the sand underneath the drip irrigation lines moistened for a considerably longer period (less irrigation water, more biomass production).
Picture No. 128 : Different crops growing in one of our new family gardens. It’s clear that our Saharawi people need more training on agricultural practices: less seeds should be used on these small beds to have the vegetable seedlings growing at the right distance between the plants.
Picture No.150 : Giant courgettes (zucchinis) produced on desert soil. Our people still need more information on the suitable time for every agricultural practice, like the one for harvesting courgettes.
Picture No.153 : Tomatoes grow well outdoors in harsh conditions of the Sahara desert. It means that agriculture or horticulture becomes possible in a soil fertilized with the TerraCottem soil conditioner, a compound with water stocking substances, fertilizers, root growth activators and volcanic rock.