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SUSTAINABLE PLANTS FOR FOOD SECURITY IN GAMBIA
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14 June 2019

SUSTAINABLE PLANTS FOR FOOD SECURITY IN GAMBIA

SUSTAINABLE PLANTS FOR FOOD SECURITY IN GAMBIA

This spring, Zorg van de Zaak Foundation is going to start working with a foundation which is committed to sustainable provisions in Gambia. In Gambia, there is a big shortage of nutrition: especially proteins, vitamins and minerals. The foundation ‘Care for Natural’ has been active in Gambia (Mariama Kunda) for 15 years and wants to plant new, highly nutritious crops in recently purchased land in Kololi. The Foundation is going to support this work.

Although the economy in Gambia is growing at this moment (5% on average), agricultural production is declining. One of the causes is irregular rainfall. The consequence is that serious malnutrition remains. In the countryside, around 70% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Care for Natural is going to get to work on the new land in three ways:

  • A beantree (cajanus cajan) will be planted (1,2 hectares). The cajanus (“pigeon’s pea”) is a multiannual legume and a perfect source of proteins. Because of the deep root, the crop can withstand drought very well.
  • The moringa (‘wondertree’) will also be planted (1,2 hectares). Care for Natural plans to use the moringa as a nutritious supplement for cases of malnutrition.
  • Hundreds of beehives will be placed. The flowers of the moringa and the “pigeon’s pea” give high-quality honey.

Care for Natural has ambitious goals. In a four year lead up period, they strive for an annual production of 700 liters of honey, 1000 kilos of beans and 4000 kilos of moringa leaf products.

We are happy that this work is well-integrated in the Gambian society. For instance, 24 women work in Mariama Kunda in their own gardens. Additionally, workshops are often taught in the community space by residents, for instance about the importance of proper nutrition.