Many African countries rely heavily on agriculture as their source of income and many families often grow their own food due to lack of income/ access to shops. These pressures can be further amplified due to the fact that water is scarce in many African countries. Innovative farming solutions such as vermi-aquaponics, allow for these critical areas to continue farming successfully even in times of extreme drought, as these systems use 10% of the amount of water that normal farming requires.
Africa is experiencing severe drought and water crisis as a result of climate change, which has a large negative effect on the agricultural industry. Agriculture is a core business in Africa which is not only a large income for export, but also for local and private consumption. Thus, without water much land is running dry, making it impossible to farm. Simultaneously, the rest of the world is advancing to innovative farming methods making Africa, yet again fall behind.
Innovative agricultural solutions use integrated organic farming systems that combine vermiculture, aquaponics and small livestock to provide higher yield with fewer resources. The system only needs 10% of the water normally used for gardening, making it possible to farm even during extreme drought. By developing this system at schools, teachers get the opportunity to use it as practical teaching material, feed their students or sell the crop produced to generate income and be self-sufficient.
By providing schools and institutions with solutions which provides a high yield of produce regardless of soil and rainfall, schools in Africa will no longer be reliant on outside support. This will reduce the need for funding to purchase school resources, and the support required for feeding programs. In addition, it will reduce the pressure on the planet as water will be recycled and the clean water can rather be used for drinking and sanitation.
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