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New Earth Gardening (NEG) Botswana


Titre : New Earth Gardening (NEG) Botswana

Pays : Botswana

Numéro projet : BOT/SGP/OP6/Y5/CORE/CC/2020/13

Domaine : Climate Change Mitigation

Durée : 8/2020 — 7/2021

Bénéficiaire : Heritage of Service Trust

Project Summary :
This project seeks to contribute to one focus area of the GEF/SGP Country Programme Strategy for (OP) 6 namely ; climate smart innovative agro-ecology.

Climate smart innovative agro-ecology
About five years ago, the government of Botswana invested heavily in backyard gardens as a means of reducing poverty in villages and settlements. Upon introduction of the gardens, the beneficiaries` water bills shot up leading to the abandonment of the otherwise good project.

To address the above problem and also to adapt to climate change, we intend to set up 28 New Earth Gardens for poor households, in 4 settlements namely ; Mahetlwe and Ditshukudu, Lesilankokong and Kotolaname. The New Earth Garden, is a CIPA registered utility model which uses a bottom up watering and fertilization technology that is environmentally friendly and comes with almost zero labour. The garden comes with three liquid organic fertilizers and one organic pest repellent. We are in the processof registering trademarks for these four garden inputs and also upgrading the garden model from a utility model to a patent.

Whereas in the first year we intend to focus on Mahetlwe and Ditsukudu, we intend to shift to Kotolaname and Lesilankokong in the second year.

This project will promote a sustainable method of horticulture which is less laborious (30 minutes of light work per week) and saves water by over 90% while increasing crop yield by 300% ; benchmarking on drip irrigation, which is currently considered to be the most economic watering method in Botswana. The garden model is suitable for year round production of indigenous vegetables such as rotlwe, morogo wa dinawa, thepe e.t.c. Studies have shown that indigenous vegetables are less prone to diseases and pest attacks than exotic vegetables. Besides, there is no need for seed as we use the propagation method to domesticate the plants that ordinarily grow wild once a year in the fields. What that implies is that, our beneficiaries will have a mix of indigenous and exotic vegetables at any given time. Last but not least, this garden is mobile hence one can easily move with it from one location to another. This project will complement a gender equality project that is ongoing in the 4 settlements. Incidentally, the Office of the President, Poverty Eradication Department, has rolled out a similar project with us in some other parts of Kweneng. Furthermore, the Kweneng District Council has also approached Debswana for funding so they can use the same technology to implement their temporary destitute project.

Grant Amount (GEF) : US$ 47,500.00
Co-Finanshing Cash : US$ 2,500.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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