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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Tread pumping Zambia


  1. Hi Cho,

    I would like to bring to everyone's attention that Saturday's Zambia Blog Talk Radio will be dedicated to agriculture - which is GREAT.

    On this video, I would like to say that it is standard NGO fair, which seems to relish in making the people involved look pathetic (pleas for sympathy), rather than empowered.

    Lastly, I would like to make two suggestions - which don't cost $200 (I would think).

    1) If the gardeners (I don't think that plot is large enough to be called a farm - no offense, let's keep our terminology straight) add straw between the vegetables, it will reduce the requirement for irrigation. (Especially check 4:50) From the Moonies, but still good information on organic farming/gardening.

    2) If they dig a small dam above their fields, with a few swales to feed it, they can store water higher up, and don't need a pump to get water to their fields, but use gravity instead. It wouldn't take a lot of money (a few shovels, maybe rented earth moving equipment) and some local volunteers.

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