Why is Grow More Food’s work important?

Grow More Food helps to combat three worldwide issues. Firstly we help alleviate worldwide hunger. Secondly we react to the worldwide need to increase sustainable food production. And finally, we help people to grow plants that contribute to helping the environment through carbon sinking.

There are nearly 1 billion malnourished people in the world. That’s more than 1 in 10 of the world’s people. All these people need to eat. Our solution means that the poorest and hungriest can now grow their own using our straight forward technology.

Those who benefit from our kits may also have surplus food for trade, creating income lines within communities. We hope that our projects will take off so much that any surplus food will be able to contribute towards the increased demand for food worldwide.

An irrigation kit is just the starting point to provide long term aid. It provides the infrastructure for rural families and subsistence farmers so that they can grow more year on year.

Finally, the science bit! By helping people to grow more food, the plants grown contribute to removing carbon from the atmosphere and releasing more oxygen back into it. Carbon off-setting companies are very excited about our projects for this reason, and can further fund the charity through carbon trading.

How are Grow More Food’s irrigation kits a practical solution to the problem?

Drip or micro-irrigation in itself is not a new concept but we have found that other drip irrigation systems currently being used have their own problems which inhibit their use. In combating these issues our systems are efficient, practical, and economical for use in their intended environments – dry land communities in Africa.

The main problem experienced by drip irrigation users is that the emitters (the water dripper) block up with sediment. This usually means that clean, filtered water is needed for most other systems. Water filtration can be expensive and requires huge amounts of energy, and is quite uncommon in Africa, particularly in rural areas. Our irrigation kits address this problem as they require no energy (such as electricity), and they are designed to work with any water (so no filtration is necessary). Also, the squeezable material used in the hoses and emitters makes flushing out any blockages in the system easy and practical for people using.

How does this affect the people who need to grow more food?

Quite simply, our irrigation kits are practical and easy to use and perfectly designed for use in a dry land environment where water is scarce. Women and children who usually do the irrigation work can be relieved of laborious work.

We have found that people spend too much time attending to blocked emitters, reducing production potential, and meaning people spend entire days doing back-breaking manual work in the field. Our kits allow users to leave their systems unattended for the day. Now children have time to go to school with a full stomach of food, and be children. And adults have time to earn for their families, and can learn about good management as they build up their plots of land and often prepare for trade.