Call edition 2012
A new edition of the Prize of the Belgian Development Cooperation has been launched. This call is open until March 31st, 2011. You can read in the regulations whether you comply with the criteria for participation.
Poverty in the city and outskirts of the city lead to a proliferation of agricultural activities in these areas. This results in social, economic and environmental problems which threaten the sustainability of small-scale family businesses.
The writer bases her work on an experiment in Colombia in which cattle farming and vegetable production is integrated to solve the above-mentioned problems: it concerns a sustainable system with a diet that is as varied as possible for the farmer’s family, an income from the extra production and a minimum of disruption to the environment. The writer studies the possibility of introducing this system to the outskirts of Kinshasa, in the knowledge that environmental factors in and around the city have to be very similar to those in Columbia.
First, a detailed study is made of the environment in and around Kinshasa and the writer comes to the conclusion that there are enough similarities between the two situations. This is followed by a description of the concrete situation and a summary of possible problems and bottlenecks. The discussion of the actual integrated system is preceded by a highly detailed description of the animal and vegetable production components of the system. The writer concludes with a general discussion and offers her view of the possible introduction of the system into other regions in Africa.
This is a highly detailed work which contains both data from the literature and the writer’s own observations; if validated, this document could undoubtedly be used as a reference work for similar studies. The production data, fertilizer balance sheets, output tables and graphs have a direct practical value, but can also be used together with the enclosed questionnaires as a blueprint for further work. Finally, the writer places her work in a broader context and indicates how the proposed methodology can be used in a more global fight against poverty, malnutrition and disease.
report: Prof. D. Berkvens, Veterinary Science department, Institute for Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium