Billion Tree Campaign (UNEP)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide during 2007.

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Pauvreté, environnement et PNUD/PNUE

Découvert au site du PNUE (http://www.unep.org) :

Un nouveau centre PNUD/PNUE concrétise le lien entre la réduction de la pauvreté et la protection de l’environnement

Nairobi, 6 février 2007 –Le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) et le Programme des Nations Unies pour l’Environnement (PNUE) ont cimenté le lien entre la lutte contre la pauvreté et la protection de l’environnement en lançant conjointement le Centre pour la pauvreté et l’environnement aujourd’hui à Nairobi, au cours de la 24e session du Conseil d’administration du PNUE.

Cet organe, qui représente l’un des premiers exemples concrets de la réforme en action de l’ONU, est destiné à aider les pays en développement à intégrer une gestion saine de l’environnement dans leurs politiques de croissance et de réduction de la pauvreté. Il jouera un rôle central dans l’accroissement des interventions environnementales de l’ONU dans le monde entier, en se concentrant surtout sur l’Afrique et l’Asie.

« L’éradication de la pauvreté et de la faim et la protection de l’environnement sont inséparables, a déclaré à Nairobi Kemal Derviş, Administrateur du PNUD. C’est pourquoi l’environnement doit concerner toute la famille onusienne. »

« Par ce communiqué, nous lançons aussi un message clair et sans équivoque, qui souligne la volonté de travailler ensemble du PNUD et du PNUE, non seulement dans l’esprit de la réforme de l’ONU mais aussi de façon concrète et orientée vers l’action, afin de soutenir nos Etats membres », a expliqué Achim Steiner, Directeur général du PNUE

Le renforcement des relations entre les deux instances de l’ONU va trouver une application pratique pour un large éventail de problèmes. Dans quelques mois, par exemple, cinq nations d’Afrique subsaharienne prendront mieux le contrôle de leur avenir écologique sous l’égide du Partenariat PNUD-PNUE sur le climat, grâce à un nouveau projet conjoint destiné à aider les pays plus pauvres à naviguer le mécanisme pour un développement propre du Protocole de Kyoto (MDP). Il s’agit d’une procédure reposant sur les mécanismes du marché qui permet aux nations plus industrialisées de gagner des crédits d’émission en finançant des projets qui contribuent à la réduction des gaz à effet de serre dans les pays en développement.

Le nouveau projet, qui a l’appui des gouvernements espagnol et suédois, devrait démarrer au Kenya, au Mozambique, en Tanzanie, en Zambie et dans un cinquième pays africain qui sera choisi dans les prochains mois. Il opérera d’abord à petite échelle mais il a le potentiel de s’étendre à d’autres pays et régions.

La nécessité d’une plus grande coopération dans le domaine du changement climatique apparaît plus clairement à la lumière de l’évaluation du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC), selon lequel les changements dans l’atmosphère, les océans, les glaciers et la calotte glaciaire attestent sans équivoque du réchauffement de la planète, selon le PNUD et le PNUE.

« Le rapport du GIEC, publié vendredi, dresse un sombre tableau scientifique de la réalité du changement climatique. Les choses ne vont pas s’améliorer. Il ne s’agit pas seulement de protéger l’avenir de nos enfants, parce que pour les pauvres – qui sont le plus exposés aux éléments et dépendent le plus directement de la nature –l’avenir est déjà là », a commenté M. Derviş.

« Si nous n’œuvrons pas ensemble pour aider les pays en développement à protéger leur environnement et à s’adapter au changement climatique, nous les laisserons couler. Littéralement ! » a-t-il averti.

« Le MDP pourrait générer des milliards de dollars d’investissement dans des technologies propres et vertes, a ajouté M. Steiner. A l’heure actuelle, la part du lion de tels investissements revient aux pays à développement rapide. Il est vital pour les autres pays en développement d’en recevoir une part équitable, ce qui est l’objectif premier de cette nouvelle initiative. »

Le partenariat sur le climat et le nouveau Centre pour la pauvreté et l’environnement sont complémentaires et sont chapeautées par une coopération renforcée entre le PNUD et le PNUE. Le Centre pour la pauvreté et l’environnement s’occupera d’améliorer la gestion de l’environnement et d’attirer des investissements dans ce domaine, alors que le Partenariat sur le climat s’efforcera de mieux équiper les pays en développement pour relever les défis que pose le changement climatique.

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Renseignements pour les médias : PNUD : Ben Craft, New York, +1 212 906 5344 , benjamin.craft@undp.org; PNUE : Nick Nuttall, Nairobi, +254 733 632 755, nick.nuttall@unep.org

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Gender and the Environment – Le genre et l’environnement

Have a look at the UNEP website (http://www.unep.org/) and find interesting information on this subject.

Voyez le site du PNUE (http://www.unep.org/) pour y trouver des informations intéressantes sur ce sujet.

How to improve the life and health of women and children in dryland rural areas ?

Here is the text of my talk at the Beijing Conference on “Women and Desertification” in May 2006:

I. INTRODUCTION

Desertification is one of the most alarming processes of environmental degradation. The General Assembly of the United Nations has underlined its deep concern for the exacerbation of desertification, particularly in Africa, and its far-reaching implications for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was called a key instrument for poverty eradication in dryland rural areas.

Generally, the combat of desertification is seen as a task for international and national organizations. Almost every country has ratified the UNCCD and in most cases the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Development Cooperation are responsible for all aspects of the Convention. Nevertheless, one knows that also non-governmental organizations (NGOs) take a lot of interesting initiatives within the framework of drought and desertification.

The Desertification Convention entered into force in 1995. In the beginning, accredited NGOs were authorized to attend the COPs only as observers. It took quite a time to let them participate in the debates. The Convention text underlines clearly the important role of women in regions affected by drought and desertification. As a large number of NGOs are specifically active in those rural areas and they develop activities in favour of the rural people, it is clear that they can play a very important role in the implementation of the Convention, in particular with actions in the field. Therefore, many NGO actions are now seen as valuable contributions to the work of the UNCCD. More and more, the field expertise of the NGOs is taken into consideration.

It sounds peculiar that many NGOs do not recognize themselves that they are combating desertification. This is the result of the fact that almost never the word “desertification” is used in the description of their projects for sustainable development. Here are some examples:

(i) Projects for improvement of the soil are normally indicated as “agronomy project”. It can be measures to limit soil erosion, to reduce land degradation or to rehabilitate land. These are typical means to combat desertification, but they are not classified as such.
(ii) Projects to improve water use by the rural people. In many cases, this is aiming at provision of drinking water (public health). Sometimes, NGO projects also contribute to efficient use of irrigation water, which would normally be classified under desertification measures.
(iii) Many NGO projects contain actions to enhance the fertility of soils and the economic properties of the soil. This is rather seen as an agronomy activity than as a desertification activity.
(iv) Actions to prevent the loss of natural vegetation and also reforestation projects are rather attached to the Biodiversity Convention (CBD).
(v) Attention for actions to combat desertification with measures focusing the alleviation of poverty in the drylands is rather poor. The direct link between poverty and land degradation is generally not recognized.

Desertification is often seen as a natural phenomenon of advancing deserts, but this is a common misperception. On the contrary, desertification is all about land degradation or losses of fertile land and biological productivity, resulting from various factors, including human activities and climatic variations. It affects one third of the earth’s surface and over a billion people, mostly in dryland areas. It contributes to food insecurity and famine, having also devastating consequences in terms of social, economic and political tensions, sometimes even causing conflicts. The rural poor people in developing countries, at the very heart of the drought problem, are particularly vulnerable, because they have to draw their means of existence from the arid and semi-arid ecosystems. Therefore, the UN General Assembly has declared 2006 the International Year of Deserts and Desertification.

Drylands host some of the most magnificent ecosystems of this world: the deserts, unique natural habitats with very diverse fauna and flora, which also host very old civilizations. The International Year of Deserts and Desertification (IYDD) therefore celebrates the beauty and heritage of the world’s deserts.

All countries and civil society organizations have been encouraged to undertake special initiatives to mark the IYDD. A concerted effort to raise awareness of desertification aims at translating ideas, knowledge and expertise into concrete actions in the field. The best practices have been identified. Success stories in the combat of desertification and the alleviation of poverty have been largely illustrated and documented.

Remark inserted today March 10th, 2007

In May 2006 I had the honour and pleasure of being the president of a Belgian NGO, called TC-DIALOGUE Foundation, of which I described the objectives and activities for the participants in Beijing.

For personal reasons, not related to the Foundation itself, I resigned in June 2006. The Foundation is now called “Terr@dialoog” (see coordinates at the end of this posting).

Here is the text of my talk in May 2006:

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International Women’s Day: What about women in the developing world?

United Nations Info

http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/women/womday97.htm

International Women’s Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women’s groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

International Women’s Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for “liberty, equality, fraternity” marched on Versailles to demand women’s suffrage.

The Role of the United Nations

Few causes promoted by the United Nations have generated more intense and widespread support than the campaign to promote and protect the equal rights of women. The Charter of the United Nations, signed in San Francisco in 1945, was the first international agreement to proclaim gender equality as a fundamental human right. Since then, the Organization has helped create a historic legacy of internationally agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide. Over the years, United Nations action for the advancement of women has taken four clear directions: promotion of legal measures; mobilization of public opinion and international action; training and research, including the compilation of gender desegregated statistics; and direct assistance to disadvantaged groups. Today a central organizing principle of the work of the United Nations is that no enduring solution to society’s most threatening social, economic and political problems can be found without the full participation, and the full empowerment, of the world’s women.

For more information, contact:

Development Section
Department of Public Information
Room S-1040, United Nations, New York, NY 10017
Email: mediainfo@un.org”

Getting a lot of interesting information through DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY (see the link under BLOGROLL in the right column of this blog), I found today a message from

dgAlert@developmentgateway.org

9. Women and work: Jobs for the girls
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/youth/rc/ItemDetail.do?itemId=1092700
“MAN may labour from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done, says the old proverb. To add insult to injury, she gets less out of her labours than he does. In both rich and poor countries, poverty most often has a feminine face. It is bad enough…
Contributed by Emmanuel Asomba on 05 Mar 2007
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For the full text I went to:

http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=8792052&fsrc=RSS

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Best way to keep container soils moist?

Working for more than 20 years already with water absorbing polymers (also called “crystals” in gardening circles !) and having developed the soil conditioning method TerraCottem (see http://www.terracottem.com), I was very much intrigued when I encountered on the internet a discussion forum on “the best way to keep container soils moist“.

Let me take you through some nice and sometimes amusing contributions about several topics related to moist soils (!):

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One world: New Zealand/Algeria – Un monde unique: La Nouvelle Zélande/Algérie

MESSAGE FROM THE ANTIPODS

I just received this nice message from Jenny LITCHFIELD (New Zealand):

Dear Willem,

That’s very kind of you to write. Thank you. Your Desertification link has been added to my blog. Your project reports are fascinating to read. I had no idea such work existed in this arid region – perhaps, unfortunately, that’s a reflection of how remote New Zealand is. The impression I get is that essentially we want the same things for our families and loved ones. My heart goes out to the women in Algeria and I admire their endeavours to provide healthy fresh food for their children with your support. My gardening messages are informed by practical gardening experiences, personal observations, knowledge passed on from older people I have known, intuition, a strong sense of ecological values, reflection and lots of reading. I love to engage children in the environment in naturally occurring ways. I am a specialist teacher of learning and behaviour in secondary schools and understand only too well the basic human needs of children and youth must be met in order that they might learn in ways that have meaning to them and in ways that are relevant to their lives. Kind regards, Jenny.

Boumerdès
Boumerdès (Algeria). A school where love for nature and the right ecological principles is visible all over the premises. Here we start a school garden for vegetable production.

Boumerdès (Algérie). Une école où l’amour pour la nature et les bons principes écologiques est visible partout. Ici nous construisons un jardin potager de l’école.

Boumerdès

Girls and boys already made a collection of medicinal plants.

Filles et garçons soignent déjà leur collection de plantes médicinales.

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Well Jenny, that’s the way I love to cooperate with likeminded people from all over the world. It shows how close our minds are, right across oceans and frontiers, as if New Zealand and Algeria are neigbours of Belgium. Our minds should never be divided by political or religious barriers. We should never hesitate to help people living in conditions much worse than ours. Development cooperation is one of the nicest things on earth: we are able to share our experience and expertise with the people in the developing world to make their standards of living better too. And gardening is one of the nicest and most practical fields . Let us not be selfish ! Sharing our knowledge and transferring our cost-effective and affordable technologies should be considered as one of the important step towards effective development aid. Therefore, let us try to translate our experience into simple and practical methods, easily applicable in the developing world, where human beings are counting upon our contributions. Sincere thanks, Willem.

RESUME FRANCAIS

Voici un message de Jenny LITCHFIELD (Nouvelle Zélande). Elle trouve les rapports sur nos projets dans les régions arides fascinants. En fait, nous voulons tous et toutes la même chose pour nos familles et ceux qui nous sont chers. Le coeur de Jenny bat pour les femmes de l’Algérie et les efforts qu’elles produisent pour obtenir une nourriture saine pour leurs familles, avec l’aide de l’UNICEF. Professeur à l’enseignement secondaire, Jenny comprend très bien les besoins de base des enfants.

C’est bien de ce trouver à la même longeur d’ondes!

Managing groundwater – Gestion de la nappe aquifère

RESUME FRANCAIS

Le nombre de forages construits dans des régions arides grandit continuellement et provoque une baisse considérable de la nappe aquifère. Il est donc nécessaire d’appliquer une gestion efficace de cette nappe afin de ne pas créer des grands problèmes de tout genre. Nous recommendons donc de se concentrer aussi sur la collecte de l’eau de pluie et sur le stockage de la pluie dans la zone de l’enracinement des plantes (20-30 cm), p.ex. avec le conditionneur de sol TerraCottem.

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I have been reading an interesting article on “Managing groundwater for dry season irrigation”, written by I.M. FAISAL, S. PARVEEN and M.R. KABIR (imfaisal@yahoo.com). Should you look for the full text, please find it in “id21 natural resources highlights – water – 2006“, an annual publication of the Institute of Development Studies – University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (id21@ids.ac.uk) to which you can easily subscribe.

The article mentioned above tells us first:

Using groundwater for dry season irrigation has been the preferred strategy of the Bangladesh govenment for many years. For example, the privatisation of irrigation in the 1990s led to huge growth in the number of shallow tube-wells. However, groundwater must be managed carefully: there is not enough information available on national groundwater resources to understand or predict long-term environmental impacts of continued use“.

Having noticed myself the dramatic fall of the groundwater level over the years 1975-2005 in many African Sahel countries, I could not agree more with the statement above. Most probably, this fall is not only caused by the well-known continuous drought in that region, but also to the ever growing number of wells and pumps. It would be wise to ring the alarm bell for any proliferation of the well-intended “humanitarian” projects to drill more and deeper wells to “bring water to people and animals“. On the contrary, it would be wiser to take better care of water harvesting and to look for more efficient water use, like these authors say.

The authors also tell us: “Most water projects in Bangladesh have a narrow focus, such as flood control, drainage or irrigation. Social, economic and environmental factors are largely ignored and there is little monitoring or evaluation. The Barind Multipurpose Development Project (BMDP) consciously tries to overcome these problems to meet the challenges of creating the physical and social infrastructure necessary for groundwater irrigation in a semi-arid area. For example, the project encourages maximum use of carefully spaced deep tube-wells (DTWs), which minimises water wastage.

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The BMDP also constantly monitors quality and quantity of groundwater and aquifer levels. Thousands of poorly maintained rainwater collection tanks have been renovated.

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Several positive features of this approach are mentioned:

° Water use groups, consisting of users from many different social groups and institutions, give feedback to BMDP managers to improve project performance.

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° A large reforestation campaign and distribution of medicinal plant seedlings are examples of the project’s environmental improvement activities.

According to the authors several problems are encountered, the most significant being when hand wells, used to collect drinking water, began to dry up in DTW target areas. It has highlighted a need to integrate the planning of irrigation projects with drinking water supplies. This phenomenon is also widespread in semi-arid areas in Africa, and probably on other continents too.

It brings me to the following question:

Why are many people so careless about water harvesting and water stockage in the soil?

Rainwater that comes free from the sky runs off, infiltrates deep or evaporates without any human action to stop this. Oh yes, we will construct dams (or even little dikes – diguettes) and we will install expensive tube-wells and pumps. In other words, first we do nothing and then we spend a lot of energy (and money) to bring the water back where it belongs, i.e. in the rooting zone of the cultivated fields.

It would be more logic and more efficient to collect that free rainwater mechanically (in drums or bigger reservoirs/tanks) or chemically (with water stocking substances that can easily be mixed with the soil, let us say 20-30 cm/ 1 foot deep).

Ever heard about the TerraCottem soil conditioner developed at my laboratory at the University of Ghent, Belgium? Please have a look at the website http://www.terracottem.com and learn something about efficient use of rainwater.

Smara sans TC
Vegetable garden in the Sahara desert (Smara refugee camp, Algeria). Soil is pure desert sand without any amendment. Drip irrigation every day. Very poor production.

Jardin de légumes au Sahara (camp des réfugiés à Smara, Algérie). Le sol est du sable du désert pur sans aucun amendement. Irrigation goutte-à-goutte tous les jours. Production très pauvre.

Smara with TC
Neighbour’s garden in the same Smara refugee camp. Desert sand mixed with 50 g of TerraCottem soil conditioner/25 cm deep. Drip irrigation every two days. Magnificent production.

Le jardin du voisin dans le même camp de Smara. Sable du désert mélangé avec 50 g de conditionneur de sol TerraCottem/25 cm de profondeur. Irrigation goutte-à-goutte tous les 2 jours. Production magnifique.

Instead of letting all the rainwater become groundwater, let us use it for keeping our fields moistened for a longer period. And don’t miss that important information: TerraCottem soil conditioner is only applied one single time ! It stays active in the soil for many years.

You don’t believe it? Give it a try !

Improving seedling transplantation

 

 

 

Today I had a look at Jenny Litchfield’s blog and found a number of interesting postings on different gardening aspects. One of them will certainly keep the attention of a lot of people interested in seedling transplantation : My Garden ~ making paper pots for transplanting seedlings
Years ago, an elderly neighbour showed me how he transplanted seedlings into the garden in paper pots that he’d made. There was, he claimed, less shock to the root system. The young plant is established in the paper pot with seedling mix before being transplanted into the garden. I leave a cuff to act as a mini-barrier from the wind.

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A number of pictures illustrate how to fold these paper pots :

 

“1. Fold one sheet of newspaper to make an organic seedling planter.

2. Interleave one edge into opposite fold to form a cylindrical shape

3. Press inner fold down to form base

4. Fold top 1/3 inside pot

5. Leave space to act as a cuff to protect the young plant.

The same neighbour also spread seeds onto dampened paper strips. He covered the seeds with another strip of dampened paper. He then laid the seeded paper on damp seedling mix.

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Let me recommend you to go to Jenny’s blog to find the full message with nice pictures and very interesting messages :

http://jennylitchfield.wordpress.com/

Enjoy !

Situation alimentaire des Sahraouis

En navigant sur le site

http://www.arso.org/01-f07-0708.htm#ah

je trouve un petit texte qui décrit la situation alimentaire pénible des Sahraouis :

AIDE HUMANITAIRE

15.02.07
Le président du Croissant Rouge Sahraoui, Yahia Bouhoubeini, dans une déclaration au quotidien El Qods El Arabi, a une nouvelle fois souligné la gravité de la situation alimentaire dans les camps de réfugiés et exhorté les pays donateurs et les instances internationales à intervenir rapidement pour redresser la situation. Il a précisé que le stock d’aliments de réserve n’a pas été renouvelé et que le PAM s’était contenté de prolonger jusqu’à fin 2006 la convention sur l’acheminement de denrées, qui avait pris fin en août 2006, au lieu de la renouveler pour deux ans comme à l’accoutumée. [SPS].

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Grâce à UNICEF ALGERIE j’ai la chance de pouvoir contribuer à la réussite de leur projet “Jardins familiaux dans les camps des réfugiés Sahraouis“. Je me réjouis donc très fort des premiers résultats excellents obtenus (voir mes autres messages sur le projet déjà publiés), car nous sommes convaincus de pouvoir aider à redresser cette situation de malnutrition. Les autorités Sahraouis, parmi lesquelles Mr. Yahia BOUHOUBEINI, nous ont déjà exprimé leur grande satisfaction pour les efforts produits.

Acute malnutrition in Sahrawi refugee camps – Malnutrition aigue – Malnutrición aguda

RESUME FRANCAIS

En parcourant la liste des visiteurs de mon blog je découvre un texte intéressant sur les constatations d’une mission UNHCR-PAM aux camps des réfugiés Sahraouis (voir http://saharaoccidental.blogspot.com/) :

janvier 23, 2007

Refugee camps: Food alert – Situacion alimentaria en los campamentos

UNHCR and WFP experts on a 12-day mission to the Sahrawi refugee camps from today, UNHCR news, 23.01.07.

Vous trouverez le texte ci-bas.

Checking visits to my desertification blog I discover an interesting text on the findings of a UNHCR-WFP team (see http://saharaoccidental.blogspot.com/).

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Des légumes dans le désert – Vegetables in the desert

Beaucoup de gens pensent qu’il est impossible de cultiver des légumes dans le désert. Je veux vous montrer une série de photos remarquables sur notre projet UNICEF dans le désert du Sahara, appelé “Jardins familiaux dans les camps des réfugiés Sahraouis“. Ces camps se trouvent au S.W. de l’Algérie (région de Tindouf). Grâce à l’utilisation du conditionneur de sol TerraCottem (www.terracottem.com), les réfugiés peuvent maintenant cultiver toutes sortes de légumes pour compléter la quantité de vitamines et d’éléments minéraux dans leur régime quotidien. Comme des images en disent beaucoup plus que mille mots, je veux vous présenter une série de photos prises en janvier 2007.

Many people think it is impossible to grow vegetables in the desert. I want to show you a lot of remarkable pictures on our UNICEF project in the Sahara desert, called “Family gardens in the refugee camps of the Sahraouis”. These camps are situated in S.W. Algeria (region of Tindouf). Thanks to the use of the soil conditioner TerraCottem (www.terracottem.com) the refugees can now grow all kinds of vegetables to complete the quantity of vitamins and mineral elements in their daily diet. As images say more than a thousand words, here I will present a series of pictures taken in January 2007.

Smara
Vue sur une des dairas dans la wilaya de Smara.

View on one of the dairas in the wilaya of Smara

Garden without TC 01
Un jardin familial sans application du conditionneur de sol TerraCottem (le sable pur du désert). Différents légumes ensemencés en octobre 2006. Plantes toujours petites malgré un arrosage quotidien avec une eau saumatre.

A family garden without application of the soil conditioner TerraCottem (pure desert sand). Different vegetables seeded in october 2006. Plants still small, although watered every day with brackish water.

Jardin de famille sans TC
Même après 3 mois les légumes ne sont pas encore consommables.

Even after 3 months the vegetables are not ready to be consumed.

Taleb’s garden

Le jardin de l’ingénieur Taleb BRAHIM, traité au TerraCottem (TC), arrosé par goutte-à-goutte tous les 3 jours au lieu de chaque jour. Betteraves rouges et carottes récoltées à partir de la 7me semaine.

The garden of engineer Taleb BRAHIM, treated with TerraCottem (TC), drip-irrigated every 3 days instead of every day. Red beetroots and carrots eaten from the 7th week off.

Janssens and carrot
Mr. Raymond JANSSENS, Représentant d’UNICEF ALGERIE, avec une des carottes magnifiques du jardin de Taleb BRAHIM (arrière-plan).

Mr. Raymond JANSSENS, Representative of UNICEF ALGERIA, with a magnificent carrot from the garden of Taleb BRAHIM (in the back).

Garden with TC
Voici un jardin familial traité au TerraCottem en octobre 2006. Arrosage seulement tous les 2 jours. Production remarquable. Légumes consommés à partir de 6 semaines après l’ensemencement. Quel magnifique jardin de légumes dans le Sahara !

Here is a family garden treated with TerraCottem in october 2006. It is watered only every 2 days. Remarkable production. Vegetables consumed from the 6th week off. What a splendid garden in the Sahara desert !

Jardin avec TC
Pouuriez-vous vous imaginer que ce beau jardin peut être réalisé au désert? Grâce au TerraCottem l’arrosage y est limitée à 50 % du volume normal et la production végétale est au moins doublée.

Can you imagine that this garden is created in the desert? Thanks to TerraCottem watering is limited to 50 % of the normal volume and plant production is at least the double.

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