Photo credit: Ilonka DE ROOIJ
Introduction of new vegetables and fruit species, thanks to free seeds from the SEEDS FOR FOOD action
Growing food crops in container to alleviate drought
by Willem Van Cotthem (Ghent University, Belgium)
Nobody will deny that growing food crops in container has a lot of advantages. Saving a lot of water is one of the most important ones.
That’s what I was thinking of when I received these nice photos of my friends Ilonka DE ROOIJ and Rafael VAN BOGAERT, enthusiast managers of an interesting project in Casamance, Senegal.
Not only convinced of the positive effect of container gardening on limitation of water consumption, but also of the introduction of some drought-tolerant plant species, like the spineless prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica var. inermis), they are introducing in Casamance a number of new technologies, e.g. a desalinisation technology developed by Rafael himself, sack gardening, water saving, the “Seeds for Food” action, etc. …
Please have a look at their photos and get convinced of the importance of these “best practices”. They deserve to be multiplied in all the drylands to alleviate drought and to combat desertification (saving water and producing food and fodder).