MALAWI-CHITUKUKO / CHITUKUKO = Malawian word for “development” / Our project in the Lubagha-Rumphi region.
How to grow fresh food in all kinds of recipients that can hold soil
by Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM (Ghent University, Belgium)
Grow your vegetables and herbs at home in pots, buckets, bottles, cups, barrels, bags, sacks, whatever can hold soil. See some of my photos below:
Imagine every family in the drylands, every school, every hospital, every maternity would have a container garden like this one: wouldn’t you believe that we can alleviate malnutrition and hunger ? Wouldn’t we have a serious chance to ameliorate the standards of living of all the people living in desertified areas or all the drylands of this world ?
Problems ? What problems ?
Teach the people how to set up a small kitchen garden with some containers and do not forget:
The people do not have containers ? Come on, offer them the necessary quantity at the lowest cost, or even for free, because that would be sustainable development in the purest sense.
Let them make their own potting soil by mixing local soil with manure or compost, like we did.
Offer them some good quality seeds and teach them how to collect seeds afterwards to become self-sustainable.
Before rejecting this idea, have a last look at the photo of my experimental garden below and consider the potentialities of this method.
Shall we go for the rehabilitation (the restoration) of 2 billion hectares of degraded land in Africa (and how much on the other continents ?), or shall we go for a feasible support of the poorest and hungry people on Earth? Instead of spending billions at long-term and costly, unsustainable solutions, go for container gardening to alleviate malnutrition and hunger.
It all depends on the right decisions ! Your decisions ?
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