The popularity of sack gardening for combating hunger and malnutrition (Cynthia ODERA / Willem VAN COTTHEM)

Sack gardening in Berlin (Mona HATOUM)
Sack gardening in art (Mona HATOUM)

Comments on a former posting

Willem VAN COTTHEM (Belgium) : Sack gardening is a very interesting technique for the developing countries. It can and should be applied everywhere to alleviate malnutrition, hunger and poverty. It’s an easy, simple and cheap way to produce a maximum of fresh food all year long with a minimum of water in a minimal space.

Cynthia ODERA (Kenya) : Sack gardening is gaining popularity with youth organizations here in Nairobi and even in rural areas of Kenya.

Willem VAN COTTHEM : Taking into account that sack gardening is very simple, remarkably water saving, highly effective for production of vegetable and some fruits, and extremely sustainable and inexpensive, we recommend to all the NGOs of this world to set up an experiment for fresh food production on a wall of jute sacks.  The results will convince the local people to follow that example.

If youth organizations in Nairobi and rural areas of Kenya do it, why not you, wherever you live in rural or urban areas ?


For supplementary information on this interesting “best practice”, please have a look at our former posting :

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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

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