Sustainability is very important as it is the ability to maintain and avoid the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Here at Fikia dada we have several sustainable projects that enable our organization to earn income and maintain our natural resources. Under sustainability we have the goat project, rabbit project and the black soldier fly project.
In our Shamba we are currently growing potatoes, maize, beans, carrots, spring onions, leek, kales, spinach, cabbage, zucchini and a variety of wild African vegetables.
We have small herb gardens too; which include coriander, rosemary and mint.
We started this project from scratch, with the help of donations of seedlings and off-cuts from the local community and volunteers.
We have designated days and times when we are all up in the Shamba. Everyone is involved, including the girls. We are either planting, weeding, watering, crop rotation and/ or harvesting.
This project helps us be self-sustainable with food.
We are very grateful to have started our very own Goat Project!
With the financial support of Avril, we were able to construct Mollys Shed.
Did you know that Goat milk is loaded with calcium and other minerals: The milk is naturally an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Additionally, goat milk contains the precursor to vitamin A in the milk fat which allows it to be readily bioavailable.
We are so blessed to have this milk readily available for our growing babies at the centre!
The girls love their involvement with this project too.
We feel a Greenhouse would complete our Shamba. It would help to shield crops from excess cold or heat and unwanted pests. It would make it possible to grow certain crops all year round.
Future Sustainable Projects
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By 2050 the worlds population will reach 9.1 billion,34 percent higher than today. Nearly all of this population increase will occur in developing countries. Urbanization will continue at an accelerated pace, and about 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban (compared to 49 percent today).
Income levels will be many multiples of what they are now. In order to feed this larger, more urban and richer population (net of food used for biofuels) must increase by 70 percent.
Annual cereal production will need to rise to about 3 billion tons from 2.1 billion today and annual meat production will need to rise by over 200 million tons to reach 470 million tons.
The BSF (Black soldier fly) are rich in protein, fat and other essential nutrients required by animals. Containing nutrients especially suitable as a feed for chicken, pigs, fish, prawns and many pet animal species as part of the overall diet.
The reason as to why we decided to keep the Black Soldier Fly is because we kept some chickens and the feeds were too expensive compared to the income that we were getting. Therefore, this came as an option for the chicken feeds. The Black soldier project is not only for providing feeds for chicken and pigs its also very important as we are able to collect organic fertilizer which can be sold to organic farmers hence earn more income for the Organization. It is also going to be a training center for other farmers who may be interested in venturing in the Black soldier project.
They’re packed full of energy
They are a clean source of food because they feed on organic waste
They reproduce at much higher rates
They are easy farm and harvest themselves
They are great at converting feed into meat
They have an incredibly short life span
They are a lot better for the environment
They are solving the food waste problem
Production waste is an excellent fertilizer