The Not Forgotten International Family Garden Project ( Kate LENZ / Phil HITTEPOLE)

These photos, taken in February-April 2010 in some of the family gardens in the Saharawis refugee camps near Tindouf (S.W. Algeria), show that the former UNICEF-project, nowadays called “The Not Forgotten International Family Garden Project”, is still a remarkable success three years later (sustainability !).  The idea for “Seeds for Food” was born in these refugee camps.

With a minimum of brackish irrigation water an important production of food crops is realized in the Sahara desert soil.  It’s  a nice contribution to the alleviation of child malnutrition in the camps.  These fresh vegetables and fruits are a highly valued supplement to the monthly food basket provided by the World Food Program (WFP), a positive contribution to the general health condition of the refugees.

IMG_0638 – 2010-02-06 – Saharawi Refugee Camp Smara – Greenhouse of Engineer Taleb Brahim with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and fig cuttings (left). (Photographer : Phil Hittepole) 

IMG_0724 – 2010-03-15 – Saharawi Refugee Camp Auserd – Fatimatoo Hanoon tending young watermelons between rows of millet and barley. (Photographer : Phil Hittepole) 

IMG_0732 – 2010-03-15 – Saharawi Refugee Camp Auserd – Selma Khandood Mahmoud tending young watermelons between rows of millet and barley. (Photographer : Phil Hittepole) 

IMG_0733 – 2010-03-15 – Saharawi Refugee Camp Auserd – Engineer Taleb Brahim with Fatimatoo Ahmed Salem Adeed in her garden of watermelons and canary melons between rows of millet and barley. (Photographer : Phil Hittepole) 

IMG_0850 – 2010-04-22 – Saharawi Refugee Camp Auserd – Engineer Taleb Brahim and Mohamed Mas’aoud with Mineto El-Khatat in her garden of watermelons and canary melons between rows of millet and barley. (Photographer : Phil Hittepole) 

DSC03617 – 2010-04-28 – Saharawi Refugee Camp Auserd – Engineer Taleb Brahim posing in the garden of Mariam Mohamed Ali Taleb. Watermelons, Canary Melons, barley, and millet are being grown with fabric wind breaks to help protect the produce. (Photographer : Kate Lenz) 

DSC03663 – 2010-04-28 – Saharawi Refugee Camp Auserd – Watermelons in the garden of R’aba Mohamed Seedy, with her son. (Photographer : Kate Lenz) 

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.