How to solve the problem of hunger and malnutrition ?


Millions of family farmers in developing countries already suffer from lack of access to freshwater. –

THE solution of the problem: By offering a cellphone to every family farmer in developing countries, of course.

In the meanwhile, our SEEDS FOR FOOD  and TERRACOTTEM soil conditioning actions will continue their successful and sustainable way to help the local people to vitamins and mineral elements.

Project in Karting (The Gambia), supported by SEEDS FOR FOOD. Local families are growing new species and varieties of vegetables and herbs, thanks to the seeds collected by people in Europe – Photo credit Stella NYSTEN – 16194974_1363583640350110_578064592581641508_n.jpg



Fraternity Wood (Bois de la Fraternisation) in Arbolle (Burkina Faso), tree saplings planted with the soil conditioner TerraCottem in 1988 (together with the Canadian Cooperation); this photo taken 6 years later (1994-07). Not only extremely successful tree growth without any irrigation, but also restoration of local flora (grass cover). Today (2017), local family farmers have installed productive kitchen gardens underneath the trees. A nice form of sustainable combat of malnutrition and hunger – Photo Willem Van Cotthem, Ghent University, Belgium).


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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

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