Adoption of organic farming (quick composting) and neem-seeds oil extracts as alternative to pesticides and fertilizers
About the Implementing organization
Name: FANKASO WOMEN FEDERATION
Year of establishment: 2015
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization, Legally recognized non-profit status, Community enterprise or business , Cooperative business, Public-private partnership, Women’s association or organization, Indigenous group or organization
The limited knowledge on the proper identification and classification of the pesticides of chemicals/ pesticides remained an important gap that needs to be addressed. As this is obvious among majority of women marketing federation members who trade in vegetable production and so need to be conscious and knowledgeable in the threat posed by inorganic chemicals for the purpose of protecting lives. Therefore, significant efforts are needed to enhance the promotion of the practice and adoption of alternatives such as organic farming which does not encourage use of synthetic pesticides to keep pests away.
Such initiative will help in building the capacity of women federation members on alternatives to use of synthetic pesticides such as organic farming and sustainable livelihoods.
Organic farming is a technique, which involves cultivation in natural ways. This process involves the use of biological materials, avoiding synthetic substances to maintain soil fertility and ecological balance thereby minimizing pollution and wastage.
As opposed to modern and conventional agricultural methods, organic farming does not depend on synthetic chemicals. It utilizes natural, biological methods to build up soil fertility such as microbial activity boosting plant nutrition.
One of the basic approaches to organic farming is the promotion, practicing and adoption of using quick composting and use of neem-seed oil extract as alternative to the use of hazardous inorganic agro-chemicals.
Type of Action
Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Pollution prevention / clean up / Awareness and education
Sustainable Development Element
Food security / Water security / Health
To promote the practice and adoption of alternatives to-chemical agriculture, organic farming is the best approach as it does not encourage use of pesticides to keep pests away. Instead the approach promotes Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with a view of emphasizing natural control methods that do not harm the farmer, the consumer or the environment. The farmers do not need to spend large amounts of money to buy expensive chemicals when their problems can easily be solved with application of adequate alternatives to pesticide use. Problems of chemical retention, resistance, drifts, seepage and spillage are apparently absent or limited in the face of the action to be undertaken
Sustainable Development Impacts
Once the action starts, the women federation members will be equipped with the necessary inputs in order to concentrate on the periodic extraction of the neem-seed oil as organic pesticides and making making of quick compost to make it a continuous potential enterprise. Organic materials needed for composting are easily accessible at village level and neem trees required for extracting neem oil from its seeds are largely available all over the Gambia
As the women federation comprises about 6000 women vegetable growers across 40 mobilized women groups in the Central River Region south of the Gambia. these 40 mobilized women groups are scattered all over the said region which is one of the largest region of the country.
Successes registered by this action can encourage other women groups engaging in horticultural production to take up the initiative. Other funders interested in the welfare and development of women will prefer to reserve their funds for such action; that promotes womens' capacity building, improved livlihood, health and sustainable development
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