Combating desertification, hunger and poverty : a small-scale solution (Willem VAN COTTHEM)

The best way to show how a small-scale achievement brings remarkable changes in the daily life of people in the drylands is to publish some pictures.  Well, here are a few photos of a small family garden in the refugee camps of S.W. Algeria.  No one can deny that this “little oasis” changed dramatically the life of all family members : daily fresh food is now within hand reach and the children have plenty of vitamins and mineral elements.

A small-scale solution for a global problem ?  Just ask the people who got a garden thanks to the UNICEF ALGERIA project !

2007 - Plenty of vegetables available
2007 - Plenty of vegetables available with the lowest investment. Can you imagine that this exists in the Sahara desert ? Why not everywhere in the drylands ?
2007 - If such a nice garden is possible in the desert, it can surely be duplicated everywhere with a minimum of irrigation water.
2007 - If such a nice garden is possible in the desert, it can surely be duplicated everywhere, even if only a minimum of water is available.
2007 - In a rather simple plastic greenhouse tomaztoes are protected from the strong desert winds.
2007 - In a rather simple plastic greenhouse tomatoes are protected from the strong desert winds and the desert sand is kept relatively moistened.
2007 - Masses of carrots and other vegetables are a sourc of vitamins.
2007 - Masses of parsley, beans, carrots and other vegetables are a source of vitamins.
2007 - Is it only a dream that every family in the drylands should have such a low-cost litchen garden ?  If it's only a dream, then simply forget that many families are already happy having one.
2007 - Is it only a dream that every family in the drylands could have such a low-cost kitchen garden ? If this is the case, then simply forget that many families are already happy having one.
2007 - But if we think it's important to find ways and means to offer such a small garden to all the people suffering from food insecurity, then a real solution for combating desertification, hunger and poverty is at hand.  Who takes the lead ?
2007 - But if we think it's important to find ways and means to offer such a small garden to all the people and children suffering from food insecurity, then a real solution for combating desertification, hunger, malnutrition and poverty is at hand. Who takes the lead ? These people keep dreaming of such an initiative for every family and school. Wanting more information ? Send me an email !
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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.