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.

Communicating international development research (id21): Water

Natural Resource Highlights” are published annually by id21, which is hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex in Brighton, BN1 9RE (UK). It is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

id21 publishes these highlights on agriculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, land, rural livelihoods and water. On the website http://www.id21.org/nr you will find the full range of over 2000 research highlights.

I read the 2006 issues on all the above fields of interest and found very interesting contributions:

WATER

1. The value of rainfed agriculture in a world short of water.
2. Efficient water use tackles food insecurity.
3. Managing groundwater for dry season irrigation.
4. Water access in Ethiopia: can conflict be avoided?
5. Women and water in Sierra Leone.
6. Community priorities for water rights.

A number of useful websites are mentioned. These offer new possibilities for collecting information:

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Communicating international development research (id21): Agriculture

Natural Resource Highlights” are published annually by id21, which is hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex in Brighton, BN1 9RE (UK). It is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

id21 publishes these highlights on agriculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, land, rural livelihoods and water. On the website http://www.id21.org/nr you will find the full range of over 2000 research highlights.

I read the 2006 issues on all the above fields of interest and found very interesting contributions:

AGRICULTURE

1. Can targeting family farms help to reduce poverty?
2. Agricultural extension: prioritising farmer’s needs.
3. Maize farming in Kenya.
4. Debating biotechnology in southern Africa.
5. Are fertiliser subsidies right for Africa?
6. Balancing indigenous crops and market demands in the Andes.

A number of useful websites are mentioned. These offer new possibilities for collecting information:

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Exciting book on desertification

Interested in books on desertification? Please go to:

http://www.wageningenacademic.com/desertification/

You will find info on a book from Wageningen Academic Publishers called:

Unraveling desertification
Policies and actor networks in Southern Europe
Edited by G.A.Wilson and M. Juntti
2005, 248 pages, hardcover

This book analyses processes of desertification from a social science perspective and unravels the policy related drivers of desertification. Desertification is addressed both as a concept surrounded by a multitude of different discourses and as a tangible unsustainable process that is connected to a complex set of policies and changing land management practices. The focus will be on Southern Europe, where desertification has been a long-standing problem in many areas, and where in some places the loss of productive capacity has worsened considerably over the last few decades. By focusing on four specific case study areas in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece, the scope of the book will cover the ‘human dimension’ of desertification, exploring in particular how the framework of existing policies has affected land management decisions and desertification processes.The emphasis will be on how policies may have contributed to desertification alleviation and mitigation, as well as to a worsening of desertification processes. By using an actor-network approach, the book specifically investigates the importance of networks of actors that shape the nature and direction of policies that affect desertification processes. In this sense, this book aims at providing a first glance into the complex policy, economic and socio-cultural networks that operate at the local, regional and national levels in areas of Southern Europe affected by desertification, and to analyse how these networks hinder, or promote, the implementation of policies aimed at alleviating the threat of desertification.With its broad remit, this exciting book will appeal to many different audiences, not only including academics and students of various disciplines (including, for example, geography, environmental management, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, policy studies, environmental politics, etc.), but also practitioners at the local, regional (Mediterranean) and international (e.g. EU) spatial levels in a variety of fields such as environmental and agricultural policy-making, agricultural extension services, farming organisations, environmental NGOs, media representatives and many other environmental stakeholder groups.“.

ISBN-10:
90-76998-42-6
ISBN-13:
978-90-76998-42-8
price (€):49
price ($):58

How to get drinking water clean without chlorine?

This morning I received the following interesting message :

Science Daily — University of Delaware researchers have developed an inexpensive, nonchlorine-based technology that can remove harmful microorganisms, including viruses, from drinking water.


Pei Chiu, an associate professor in UD’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UD = University of Delaware, USA), and Yan Jin, a professor of environmental soil physics in UD’s plant and soil sciences department, have developed an inexpensive, nonchlorine-based technology that can remove harmful microorganisms from drinking water, including viruses. UD’s patented technology, developed jointly by researchers in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Engineering, incorporates highly reactive iron in the filtering process to deliver a chemical “knock-out punch” to a host of notorious pathogens, from E. coli to rotavirus. The new technology could dramatically improve the safety of drinking water around the globe, particularly in developing countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over a billion people–one-sixth of the world’s population–lack access to safe water supplies. Four billion cases of diarrheal disease occur worldwide every year, resulting in 1.8 million deaths, primarily infants and children in developing countries. Eighty-eight percent of this disease is attributed to unsafe water supplies, inadequate sanitation and hygiene.

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Get kids gardening to combat desertification

RESUME FRANCAIS

Great Big Plants a décrit l’importance d’intéresser les jeunes au jardinage. Jenny Litchfield nous décrit son plaisir de “travailler” avec son petit-enfant dans son jardin. De mon côté, je souligne le rôle intéressant des “jardins scolaires” pour les élèves et l’importance de tels jardins dans la lutte contre la désertification. Tout en espérant que l’exemple de l’UNICEF ALGERIE, qui a lancé un projet “Ecoles, Amies des Enfants” – avec création de jardins scolaires – sera bientôt suivi dans beaucoup de pays.

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On February 27, 2007, I posted the message “Getting Kids Involved With Gardening” by Great Big Plants (Hans STROCK
Address: 4405 South Litchfield Road
Avondale, AZ 85323 – USA
Telephone: 001-877-4BIOSCI
Email: Info@GreatBigPlants.com

Today, Jenny Litchfield sends me her comment:

I couldn’t agree more. Start early before children go to school. We do nothing special – though I believe it’s important that children acquire language of gardening. Wonderful conversations happen with our 23-month old grandson who eats the peas or cherry tomatoes as he picks them but won’t eat them if they’re cooked at dinnertime. We and his father talk about anything we see while we walkabout or work in the garden – so a conversation in effect, becomes a story about a bumblebee or a white butterfly or a wriggly worm. He can say some colours and names of some plants and garden tools during the daily garden activities – he uses a real trowel and watering can – which is particularly good for watering Daddy. The garden learning experiences are authentic and must be fun. I have observed he mimics our actions so it is important the adults work safely in front of children. Other activities he likes are: smelling, tasting and listening. I’ll crush a few leaves in my hand and we’ll smell and taste herbs and vegetables. We sniff the flowers. We listen to the breeze rustle the leaves or to the buzz of the bees. We take photos of him in the garden and he loves seeing himself on the computer in the downloaded photos, which I caption, and read like a story – he fills in the gaps. He features from time to time when I write about my garden.“.

It’s nice to hear that parents (and grandparents!) are motivating kids to participate in some gardening activities. Thanks, Jenny, for showing your enthusiasm about spending some time with the children in the garden (and not only to play!). Almost all the children are very eager to learn about nature, plants and animals. And our gardens are a part of nature.

My main action fields are the drylands of this world. I spend a lot of time in combating desertification on all continents. Generally, we work with adults, in particular with women, because they are almost always responsible for fieldwork (agriculture) or gardening (horticulture). Therefore, we have been setting up “community gardens” for the women of one village, or “family gardens” for every family in one village, or “school gardens” for the children in one village.

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“Getting Kids Involved With Gardening” by Great Big Plants

I found this interesting message on the Blog of the company GREAT BIG PLANTS
Hans STROCK
Address: 4405 South Litchfield Road
Avondale, AZ 85323 – USA
Telephone: 001-877-4BIOSCI
Email: Info@GreatBigPlants.com

Planting and gardening is a passion for many people, but have you ever thought about getting your kids involved? You would be teaching them valuable things to take with them into adulthood such as responsibility and hard work. Above that, you will also be spending time with your child and bonding. What are some things you can do to get your children involved and having fun while doing it? Start by letting them choose a favorite houseplant to grow from ground up. It could be a project for them where they take pictures of its progress and post it on a big poster board or construction paper. They could even experiment with two different plants and try different fertilizers, lighting, etc. and compare them. This could easily be a school science project.
If you have a vegetable garden outside, let them start their own favorite plant, like tomatoes. Give them advice when they need it and guide them along the way. Tell them that when they get ripe plants, you will make a special dish out of them. They’ll be proud that they have done something by themselves, and that they get to eat something they grew. Decorate the garden. They could draw pictures of their plant and put it on posts next to their plants. Let them be creative and have fun!
Have them help you when you garden. Make them feel like they are really helping you a great deal. It can be as simple as watering.
These are just a few ways to get your kids involved. The important thing is that they have fun and learn something while doing it. The more creative it is for the child, the more fun it can be for both of you.
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This is an amazing coincidence! Today, Hans STROCK has sent me his comment on my blog, and visiting his blog I find the text above, corresponding completely with UNICEF’s school gardens project in Algeria (see former posts on my blog).

I agree fully with Hans that “Getting Kids Involved with Gardening” is a great idea and I join him recommending to get youngsters interested in gardening. There are such a lot of nice things to do for kids, in our own garden, but also at school.

Let us first develop some good suggestions to get the adult “decision makers” involved (parents and/or teachers), because without their “devotion to the good cause” it will be difficult to get the kids started. Let us find the right incentives.

In the drylands, like in many African countries, complementary production of food at school can be a good incentive. Maybe the pupils can produce young trees at school (e.g. fruit trees) and take them home for planting at the end of the school year. It would certainly be an excellent contribution to reforestation in the drylands (or afforestation in the humid regions).

Let me invite my readers to come up with some practical suggestions about “Getting Kids Involved with Gardening“. How would you make the kids enthusiastic, at home or at school? Hope to hear from you.

Willem

Going for Growth – Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa

I have read with interest the following text published in Development Gateway’s dgCommunities :

Going for Growth: Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa

Overview:

This collection of essays by key experts in the field of international development looks at the role of science, technology and innovation in encouraging a risk-taking, problem solving approach to development cooperation in Africa. This year has seen an unprecedented determination by the world’s richest nations to engage with the development of the poorest. The report of the Commission for Africa, chaired by Prime Minister Tony Blair, Our Common Interest, set out the themes that dominated the G8’s discussions at Gleneagles over the summer, while a mass movement, in the form of the ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign, affirmed that the political agenda was matched by a widespread public demand for action. Central to this transformative agenda will be the role of science, technology and innovation, both as a driver of economic growth within the developing countries and as a core element in nurturing managerial and governance competencies.
Calestous Juma, ed. The Smith Institute, London, November 2005.
Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
ISBN: 1 902488 97 0
Document Length: 129 pp.

For more information about this publication please contact:
info@smith-institute.org.uk.

Contributor: John Daly – Published Date: February 7, 2007

Going for Growth in Action: Smith Institute Report’s Ideas Applied to Africa’s Mining Industry

Science, Technology, and Globalization Project Director Calestous Juma has sparked a serious debate about education, entrepreneurship, and Africa’s mining industry in Dr. Chris Hinde’s “Comment” column which appears in Mining Magazine. Juma is the editor of Going for Growth: Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa (.pdf), a collection of essays published by the Smith Institute, a British think tank. “Going for Growth” emphasizes building Africa’s capacity to solve its own problems.

Juma starts his essay with “Most African economies have historically been associated with natural resources and raw materials. There is growing recognition, however, that a transition into modern economies will involve considerable investment and use of new knowledge.” He has since called for the mining industry to fund and lend expertise to a school of entrepreneurship that would raise scientific literacy — and be located in the African country that makes the best case for hosting it. The school would have places for approximately 100 students per year and would serve as a model for similar centers of learning all over Africa. See “African Lessons” (.pdf) by Dr. Chris Hinde in Mining Magazine (February 2006) for the complete interview.

A later issue of Mining Magazine continued the discussion, focusing on the need for the proposed schools to teach how both the international risk-capital markets operate and mining ventures are financed. African mining operators and investors must be trained on how and where to obtain capital. See “Money Matters” (.pdf) by Dr. Chris Hinde in Mining Magazine (June 2006).

On June 22, 2006, Professor Calestous Juma resumed the discussion by addressing the Human Rights & Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C. The Roundtable is comprised of representatives of the extractive industry (oil & mining companies), human rights organizations, and development agencies. They meet regularly in invitation-only, confidential sessions to discuss issues of common cause and concern — specifically the promotion of the rule of law and open societies. Over the last few years the group has focused increasingly on community and economic development projects and issues surrounding community engagement.

This session, entitled “Bain or Blessing: Can the Extractive Industry Help Reinvent African Economies?”, focused on how resources can be utilized to “extract growth” for Africa, as well as other developing countries. Professor Juma discussed how the extractive industry, which is becoming dominant in many African economies, can be used as an engine of sustainable growth, breaking the widely held view that natural resource extraction is associated with corruption and environmental non sustainability. The Roundtable explored the direct links between community/development activities, including corporate partnerships with international donor agencies and the larger strategy of economic development. As companies invest to increase the local content of their work and managerial force, they are promoting (and could further promote) higher technologies in the fields of business, communications, engineering, and the environment.

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MY VIEWS ON “GOING FOR GROWTH IN ACTION”

What an interesting text about “the role of science, technology and innovation in encouraging a risk-taking, problem solving approach to development cooperation in Africa”!. This is what we were since long looking for: “a problem solving approach development cooperation in Africa”, and all other developing regions of course, in particular when entering a period of “an unprecedented determination by the world’s richest nations to engage with the development of the poorest” (Make Poverty History campaign).

It sounds like a dream-come-true when we read:

Central to this transformative agenda will be the role of science, technology and innovation, both as a driver of economic growth within the developing countries and as a core element in nurturing managerial and governance competencies”.

Let us go a bit deeper into the “serious debate” about education, entrepreneurship, and Africa’s mining industry, sparked by Director Calestous Juma (see above) when he starts his essay with …

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Nourriture et reboisement – Food and reforestation

ENGLISH ABSTRACT

In his comment on my former post about school gardens Dr. Mohamed Saadi says that reforestation is more important than constructing some scattered school gardens. As almost all countries have suffered from deforestation during the last decades, I agree fully that reforestation is very important. However, I am convinced that in desertied areas reforestation and food production are equally important in the combat of desertification. They can easily be combined in a school garden project, aiming at food production for the school kitchen, combined with the creation of a school nursery for production of young trees to be planted by the children. Every National Ministry of Education, cooperating with international agencies like UNICEF, WFP or FAO, could easily set up an interesting program to involve all schools in the creation of a school garden and a tree nursery. A National Tree Planting Day could certainly help. It seems to me that this is the best way to motivate all youngsters of a country to contribute to the improvement of their living conditions and the ecological situation of the nation.

COMMENTAIRE du Dr. Mohamed SAADI

La désertification rampante et la pollution est la conséquence de la méconnaissance du milieu dans lequel nous vivons. L’irresponsabilité des structures chargées de l’urbanisation principalement ont grandement contribué à la désertification de la bande Nord de l’Algérie, bande de 80 km environ du littoral vers la chaîne de l’Atlas Tellien. Une des solutions est un reboisement ” à outrance “, planifié et efficace qui tend à réconcilier l’homme et son environnement. L’école et l’enfant constituent un passage obligé pour reconstituer ce que nous avons détruit et replanter ce que nous avons défriché.

Je pense que plus important que quelques jardins parsemés par-ci par-là est que nous lançons un projet (par exemple à Boumerdès où, dès qu’un enfant naisse, ses parents plantent un arbre. Ainsi je propose un projet sous l’égide de l’Unicef en coordination avec une association dédiée à ce but, les services des communes, les écoles et la direction des forêts, pour reboiser des zones d’abord urbaines, puis à la lisière des cités.

Je serais prêt à participer à un tel projet.

Dr. M. SAADI

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MA REFLEXION

Comme presque tous les pays ont durement souffert d’un déboisement à outrance pendant les dernières décennies, je suis du même avis que le Dr. Saadi : le reboisement de grandes surfaces est très important pour tous les pays en voie de désertification, même dans les zones humides.

Néanmoins, je suis convaincu que dans les pays désertifiés des zones arides et semi-arides, même sub-humides, le reboisement et la production de nourriture sont d’une importance quasi égale. Pourrions-nous penser que des jeunes avec un estomac presque vide seraient intéressés par un programme de reboisement ? À chaque fois que j’ai proposé un projet de reboisement dans les pays Sahéliens, j’ai eu les mêmes réponses : “Comment produire les efforts pour créer des trous d’implantation d’arbres avec un estomac qui gronde de faim ?” et “Donnez-nous à manger d’abord et nous planterons des arbres par après !”.

Nous avons alors réagi à ces observations pertinentes de la population rurale par le lancement de projets de jardins communautaires, qui réunissaient toutes les femmes d’un village pour la culture maraîchère dans un jardin entouré d’une ceinture d’arbres. Ainsi, la production alimentaire était combinée avec le reboisement. Bien sûr, tout ceci n’était qu’à une toute petite échelle. Mais les résultats excellents auraient dû suffire pour convaincre les autorités à multiplier ces efforts splendides à l’échelle nationale. C’est là que notre lobbying n’a pas connu de succès, car la politique est une chose totalement différente du travail de terrain. Et je ne suis qu’un chercheur qui apporte une solution pour les problèmes de sécheresse et de désertification. C’est aux décideurs de s’en servir à l’échelle nationale ou même internationale. Hélas !

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Cinq jardins scolaires à Boumerdès (Algérie) – School gardens in Algeria

ENGLISH ABSTRACT

Unicef Algeria and SOS Children’s Village of Draria (Algiers) signed an agreement to construct school gardens in the region of Boumerdès (N. Algeria). These gardens will deliver food for the school restaurant and improve the attention of the children for their environment.

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Dans le Quotidien d’Oran du 17 janvier 2007, la journaliste Nouria B décrit l’accord signé entre UNICEF ALGERIE et SOS Village d’Enfants de Draria (Alger). Voici le contenu de son article “Création de cinq jardins dans des écoles“:

Cinq jardins seront créés dans cinq établissements scolaires de la wilaya de Boumerdès en vertu d’un accord de partenariat signé, hier, entre le Bureau d’Algérie du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’Enfance (Unicef) et SOS village de Draria. Ce projet-pilote, selon Raymond JANSSENS, représentant de l’Unicef, vise à améliorer et diversifier les menus servis dans des cantines scolaires et à lutter contre les carences nutritionnelles. Entrant dans le cadre de la création des clubs de l’environnement dans les écoles, cette expérience servira également à inculquer l’amour de l’environnement et de la terre chez les enfants. Ce projet initié en accord avec le Ministère de l’Education nationale répond un peu à la démarche consistant à introduire des activités diversifiés dont l’enseignement et la sensibilisation des élèves par rapport à l’importance de l’environnement.

On vise à produire des aliments de bonne qualité et l’on invite les directeurs des autres écoles à contribuer à la propagation de cette expérience“, dira Raymond Janssens.

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Gardens in the desert – Jardins dans le désert

MESSAGE IN ENGLISH + FRANCAIS (voir plus loin)

Within its Nutrition Programme, UNICEF ALGERIA launched in 2006 a splendid project, called “Family gardens in the refugee camps of the Sahraouis“. These camps are located in the region of Tindouf (S.W. Algeria).

I will try to show the success stories of this project by inviting you to have a look at a series of pictures with legends about the small gardens created in different camps. Please do not forget that these gardens are constructed in the Sahara desert, with all its possible constraints (climate, availibilty of water, soil, salinity etc.).

Have a look at the following URL and double click on the pictures to see the enlarged version and the legend:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24356485@N00/sets/72157594524730196/

Interesting isn’t it ?

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Dans le cadre de son Programme Nutrition, UNICEF ALGERIE vient de lancer en 2006 son projet “Jardins Familiaux dans les camps des réfugiés Sahraouis“. Ces camps se trouvent dans la région de Tindouf (S.W. Algérie).

Je veux essayer de vous montrer les cas de succès de ce projet en vous invitant à voir une série de photos et de légendes concernant ces petits jardins créés dans différents camps. Veuillez ne pas oublier que ces jardins ont été construits dans le désert Sahara, avec toutes ses contraintes possibles (climat, disponibilité de l’eau, sol, salinité etc.).

Visitez l’URL suivant et cliquez deux fois sur une photo pour la voir en agrandissement et avec la légende:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24356485@N00/sets/72157594524730196/

Intéressant, non ?

Désertification, information, coopération.

ENGLISH ABSTRACT

Receiving more and more comments on former posts, I confirm hereby my intention to strive for closer cooperation between all people active in the field of combating desertification. Let us join hands and start exchanging information on success stories and best practices, even if we don’t speak the same language.

Here is an example concerning the construction of family gardens in S.W. Algeria (the refugee camps of the Sahraouis). My comment is in French, but I can provide an English translation to all interested people.

COMMENT RECEIVED ON FEB. 12
COMMENTAIRE RECU LE 12 FEVRIER

yahiaoui fouzia | yahiaouif@yahoo.fr | IP: 81.22.65.133

Bonjour,

J’ai trouvé ce site en cherchant des informations sur l’arganier et je félicite tous les acteurs qui ont travaillé pour le projet des jardins dans la région de Tindouf. C’est une très belle initiative pour la lutte contre la désertification et l’intégration des femmes dans les programmes de développement durable. Ce projet est un exemple à suivre pour l’immensité des régions arides et semi-arides.

Aussi, est ce possible d’avoir un peu plus d’informations sur la méthode utilisée ou des orientations pour la réalisation de ces jardins.

Autre chose: est ce qu’il est possible d’avoir des informations par l’intermédiaire de l’ingénieur forestier de Tindouf sur la répartition et la quantité des spécimens d’arganier qui se trouvent à Tindouf.

Merci.

Yahiaoui Fouzia
Ingénieur écodéveloppement des zones arides et semi-arides.
Conservation de la nature.

MY REPLY
MA REPONSE

Cher Yahiaoui Fouzia,

Merci pour votre appréciation pour le projet UNICEF ALGERIE, avec lequel nous essayons de compléter le panier alimentaire des réfugiés Sahraouis vivant déjà 30 ans dans des camps près de Tindouf (S.W. de l’Algérie). Vous savez sans doute que ce panier des Nations Unies vient d’être réduit considérablement. Ainsi, les réserves nutritionnelles des Sahraouis ont été épuisées et la malnutrition se fait de plus en plus sentir, en particulier chez les enfants.

C’est la raison pourquoi nous voulons, aussitôt que possible, offrir à toutes les familles des camps un petit jardin familial de 20 à 30 mètres carrés seulement. Nous avons calculé qu’un tel petit jardin est suffisant pour compléter le panier alimentaire des Nations Unies, en particulier pour l’approvisionnement en vitamines et éléments minéraux.

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