“Achieving food security in its totality continues to be a challenge not only for the developing nations, but also for the developed world. The difference lies in the magnitude of the problem in terms of its severity and proportion of the population affected. In developed nations the problem is alleviated by providing targeted food security interventions, including food aid in the form of direct food relief, food stamps, or indirectly through subsidized food production. These efforts have significantly reduced food insecurity in these regions. Similar approaches are employed in developing countries but with less success. The discrepancy in the results may be due to insufficient resource base, shorter duration of intervention, or different systems most of which are inherently heterogeneous among other factors. Food security; a situation in which all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active healthy life1; is affected by a complexity of factors. These include unstable social and political environments that preclude sustainable economic growth, war and civil strive, macroeconomic imbalances in trade, natural resource constraints, poor human resource base, gender inequality, inadequate education, poor health, natural disasters, such as floods and locust infestation, and the absence of good governance. All these factors contribute to either insufficient national food availability or insufficient access to food by households and individuals. The root cause of food insecurity in developing countries is the inability of people to gain access to food due to poverty”.
HERE ARE A COUPLE OF MY OBSERVATIONS
One of the factors influencing food security in the drylands is erratic rainfall (drought).
Suppose we can solve this problem by applying a very simple method : soil conditioning with the water stocking and fertilising TerraCottem mixture. What can we expect ?
1. Less or even no dependence of agriculture and horticulture on weather conditions.
2. Gradually improving soil quality.
3. Gradually improving plant production with a minimum of irrigation water.
4. Protection of the aquifers.
5. Growing quantity of drinking water in the wells.
Maybe you don’t believe me ? OK, but why don’t you set up a serious test with TerraCottem yourself ? Cost-effectiveness ? You will be amazed by the return on investment !
Is this only a matter for NGOs ? Or for International Aid Organizations ? Or for National Governments ? Forget it ! It’s the concern of all of us, you and me ! So, let’s do something about it instead of just talking, talking, talking …
2001 : Sanaura (Himachal Pradesh, India), a RUCHI Foundation-project with the assistance of TC-DIALOGUE Foundation (Belgium) : tomato production on mountain slope terraces treated with TerraCottem. See how happy local farmers are ?
2001 : Sanaura (Himachal Pradesh, India), un projet de la Fondation RUCHI (Inde) avec l’assistence de la Fondation TC-DIALOGUE (Belgique) : culture de tomates sur des terraces de flancs de montagne, traitées au TerraCottem. Vous voyez le bonheur des agriculteurs locaux ?