Africa has experience extreme drought over the last years, causing severe pressure on the agricultural industry and contributed to loss of income and hunger. By providing innovative agricultural solutions which increase the yield produces and reduce resources required, Africa will be able to not only feed themselves and therefore become sustainable. The solutions have less impact on the planet and offers opportunities for education and skills development for the community.
Over the last few years, Africa has experienced 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 are advancing to innovative farming methods making Africa, yet again fall behind.
Innovative agricultural solutions use integrated organic farming systems that combines vermiculture, aquaponics and small livestock to provide higher yield with less 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 rain fall, 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.