Dear friends of WFP,

Your initiatives are very noble. I am really impressed by your achievements.  My sincere congratulations for that.

However, you claim (see message below) :

“Providing the right nutrition at the right time is one of the ways that WFP is solving global hunger.”

My question :

Giving free food to hungry people at regular intervals (in some cases for many years) can “save lives and provide hope to mothers and children every day”, but how is this changing the causes of hunger and malnutrition ?

Is this really solving the problem ?

Why is WFP not supporting programs to help the hungry people growing their own fresh food in community gardens, family gardens, etc., e.g. by training them in simple and inexpensive methods for container gardening ?

P1080704Bottle towers, a container gardening method for all the hungry people, all over the world, even in the drylands, cheap (recycling containers), but very effective, see my video on

Building a bottle tower for container gardening


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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