Senegalese farmers are on their way to build their own Great Wall – but they are coming in a twist. It will be completely green.
If you fly to the city of Bokie Diwe in northeastern Senegal, you will be intrigued by the freshly planted seeds in the carefully crafted circular gardens.
The gardens, known as Tulu Care in the area, are the latest incarnation of the Great Green Wall Project. They were designed by Ali Nediye, a Senegalese agricultural engineer who could not leave Senegal when the borders were closed.
A.D. Launched in 2007 by the African Union, with the support of the European Union, the World Bank and the United Nations, the initiative will first go to the Sahara and help suppress desertification. The plan was to install a 10 mile wide and 4,350 mile tree belt in the Sahel region from Senegal to Djibouti.
However, the program has faced a number of challenges, including tree planting and lack of funds in Savana. According to the United Nations estimates Reuters, The total program will be able to plant 4% of 100 million hectares of trees, which is expected to reach $ 43 billion by 2030.
The circular garden represents a new, more local approach to the green wall project.
Round trees to stop the desert
Tropical and tropical plants such as papaya and mango can be found in gardens, and one of the inner curve rows is even limited to medicinal plants. Three months after the garden was completed, the agents began a two-year monthly inspection to check for growth.
But, you may be wondering why you are planted in a circle. This is because round beds allow roots to grow inward. This contains fluids and bacteria and improves water retention and fertilization.
According to the Senegalese Forest Development Agency, the project, which was partially in response to the COVID-19 epidemic and is currently under construction, has been completed since seven months ago. While Senegal had to close its border to the cholera virus, many had to rely on foreign food and medicine to make the villages more independent. So the project was born.
Hundreds of such gardens are expected to be built as part of the project, which will increase food security, reduce regional desertification, and involve thousands of community workers.