22 May 2020
Overcoming food shortages by growing crops in large hessian bags
It has been widely reported that people in Malaita’s Outer Islands are experiencing food shortages due to climate change and sea level rises affected their food gardens
It is understood climate change is a real issue in the islands due to land erosion, high tides and extreme weather conditions, causing garden crops to fail due to salt water intrusion.
I would like to offer a possible solution based on successful urban farming practices in Kenya where there is not even enough land to plant a food garden.
People in Nairobi the Kenyan capital successfully grow all the food crops they need, and produce over to sell and earn a living, and they do this by filling large sacks with soil, punching holes in the sides of the sacks and planting their seedlings through the holes.
The sacks stand upright and watered through the open top which allows the water to trickle through the hessian sack and keep the plants from drying out.
44 gallon used oil drums are also used to plant and grow successful crops.
I have illustrated some examples which I hope the community struggling with growing crops in the Outer Islands can copy and overcome their food security concerns.