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ECOFOOD FOR TOGO
Planning and construction of a permaculture garden on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea near Lomé – the capital of Togo in western Africa.
Self – sufficiency in terms of food supply, cultivation of vegetables, fruit, and herbs for drying in solar dryers.
This permaculture system is being planned and built together with an African team that is learning the fundamentals of permaculture at the same time.
A training programme will later be developed. The result will be a programme that shows holistic cycles in nature, that provides information about the most important health – promoting substances in the local plants, and that provides insights into self – sufficiency.
The first beds were built in the initial implementation phase in December 2014 and January 2015 along with the start of compost management, the construction of a chicken coop, and the development and implementation of a water management concept.
Trees such as mango, avocado, papaya, orange, lemon, pomegranate, guava, banana, tangerine, coconut and oil palms, and moringa were planted, the beds planted with pineapple, ginger, taro, lemon grass, and basil, and much more was done.
The challenges in planning were most certainly dealing with the sandy soil conditions, developing a sensible compost management system, actively building humus, building the beds, and developing the water management system in this mostly dry/tropical climate with the constant winds close to the coast.
During the implementation phase and as the team members got to know each other on site, the idea was born to found a permaculture association in Togo that will collaborate with down to earth PERMACULTURE DESIGN and the down to earth ACADEMY for PERMACULTURE DESIGN.
The objective of the association is
to spread and apply the concept of permaculture in Togo.
Sand is illegally mined directly on the coast and sent to the industrialised countries. The exploitation of other countries, especially in Africa, is far from ended!
The construction of a port changed the sea currents, which is now also contributing to washing away the coastal land – and with it the means of life for the people there. Very quickly.
Permaculture offers good strategies for stabilising the coast.
Vegetation is to be planted again on a strip of coastline around 2 kilometres long in a further phase of the project.