In Uganda women perform the bulk of the work on African farms.
Eighty percent (80%) of African soil is severely depleted, and in some cases high in toxins, to the point it will not retain moisture or support plant life, resulting in erosion and hunger throughout the nation. These changes in the physical properties of the soil have resulted in tightly compacted soils, wherein root development is constricted, with extremely limited moisture retention, available nutrients, and non-existent beneficial bio-life…terribly dead soil. This can only be remedied with natural organic based products with essential humic acids and micronutrients, applied direct to the plants feeding zone via Root Zone Feeding™, one garden or farm at a time.
Planting and applying fertilizer by hand requires people. One problem is men in developing countries are often required to migrate to other areas for employment leaving the women and children in charge of food production. Women and their children make excellent co-op gardeners since they can work together sharing tools, seeds, water and the land on their very own garden plot. Moreover, if a family or a village could grow food in volume, it would create an economic stimulus, eliminating the need for men to migrate for employment opportunities.
Africa must return to a localized, holistic, and basic approach for growing food. Once, this was the norm throughout the world when most every home had a garden. People bartered, sold, canned, stored and cared for their families. We need to teach the present population and upcoming generations, co-op garden technology, using organic humate based fertilizers and no till farming/Root Zone Feeding™. Such action will empower them to become self sufficient in providing food and economic stability to their families and local economies.