Farming for the future

According to current projections, the world population could reach nearly 10 billion by the middle of this century.[1] So with biodiversity already in decline, finding methods of farming that will feed this growing world whilst protecting the Earth’s natural resources has become a global priority.

A Rocha is working with communities in countries like Kenya, Uganda and Peru – showing how they can provide food for their families and a sustainable livelihood, while protecting the integrity of the land and its biodiversity.

This Harvest, could you help A Rocha International provide the training and mentoring needed to strengthen and support sustainable farming projects that are better for people and the planet? Our target is to raise £10,000 by 31 October.

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Farming God’s Way in Kenya

Dakatcha Woodland is an area of dense, evergreen Cynometra forest in Kenya’s Coast Province. Food insecurity means that neighbouring communities are gradually encroaching on the forest to grow subsistence crops. So in partnership with the Bountiful Grains Trust, A Rocha Kenya began a training project called Farming God’s Way – a form of conservation agriculture increases productivity at the same time as retaining moisture and protecting the soil. Combining biblical principles with practical farming techniques, farmers are taught to avoid ploughing and burning. Instead they prepare the land before planting, time it according to the seasons, space seeds systematically and mulch well with leftover plant material. Yields are higher and more stable, making families less vulnerable to crop failure. Read more

Stella Pekeshe underwent training and is now one of a group who work together on each other’s farms. ‘When my husband saw the difference in the maize, he suggested that we should have done Farming God’s Way for the whole farm!’

 

Sack gardening in Uganda

A Rocha is also working through school nature clubs in Uganda to show children how they can grow their own food using these same sustainable farming practices. Where outdoor space is limited, or where flooding is frequent, they learn how to grow vegetables in sacks, tins and old car tyres. The food not only provides for a healthier diet, it can also be sold to generate extra income for the family. Gardening brings people closer to nature too – offering children the chance to have fun digging in the soil, looking after their plants and learning about pollinators.

Garden plots for disadvantaged children in Peru

La Esperanza, in northern Peru, is a community where gang violence, poverty, child abuse and domestic violence are rife. Working in partnership with local churches and grassroots organizations, A Rocha Peru is enabling at risk children to have the space and opportunities to develop environmental and social values based on Christian principles, providing a positive alternative to gang life. Through the youth club project, children can participate in a range of activities including planting, harvesting and learning about different crops in the club-house vegetable garden. Each child is given responsibility for a small plot in which they can grow their own vegetables. Read more

[1] UNFPA (2017)

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