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“If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree. If for a hundred years, teach the people. When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest. When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.”
MY COMMENT ON SOME PHOTOS (Willem Van Cotthem)
Willem van Cotthem I keep wondering why the international food aid organizations are not setting up a worldwide programme to offer pigeon pea-seeds (Cajanus cajan) to every farmer family in the drylands. If one billion people are suffering from hunger and malnutrition, their families could easily grow pigeon pea, even on very poor soils (as these trees are also fixating nitrogen in the soil). With a minimum of investment people would produce a part of their own food, which would be far more better than any recurrent food aid programme.
Willem van Cotthem Seeds of Dragon Fruit should be offered to all smallholder farmers in the drylands. It can be one of the best tools to help people, in particular children, to juicy fruits in all drought-affected and desertified areas, even in the cities.
Willem van Cotthem Aloe vera is one of these plant species that should be grown everywhere in the drylands. With its remarkable qualities it would certainly help people in developing countries to solve a number of problems. Why are Aloe vera-plantations such a success on the island of Barbados and not in other developing countries ?
Willem van Cotthem Through my SEEDS FOR FOOD action I have collected many kilograms of squash and pumpkin seeds. Interested people or organizations can get them for free (only shipment costs). Contact me at : Beeweg 36 – B9080 ZAFFELARE (Belgium).