Container gardening to alleviate hunger


Container gardening against hunger and child malnutrition

by Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM


In Belgium, I am growing continuously plants in bottles and pots, thus reducing irrigation for at least 50 %. My plants do not need special care: I can leave them for weeks and weeks without “labouring my garden”. See my blog:

Thousands of photos collected in the albums of my Facebook page ( make it clear that anyone in the developing countries can copy these experiments and multiply the type and number of containers to produce a sufficient quantity of fresh food and seedlings of fruit trees. This can be done (even by children at school) at almost no cost.

Why don’t we set up a large-scale test in one of the areas affected by hunger to show once again what is already known? Why continuously importing expensive food if every single person…

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