Forestry and Farming a way through: Aloe Vera the green gold amongst us

Published on February 11, 2014 um 16:02

Summary of your idea

For countries located in the arid, semi arid and mountainous parts of the world, like my country Eritrea; cutting trees and clearing forests to create farmlands seems the only option to feed the population. Although the approach sustains the food security of the population for a short time, the merciless cutting and destruction of forest resources have resulted in environmental degradation and expansion of desertification. Land is exposed to erosion and the fertile part of the soil has been depleted. Therefore to combat this alarming situation different sectors of government have been involving in a strategy of seizing farmlands from the population and reforest them. Still this approach meets a strong opposition from the population whose live hood is completely dependent on farming. It seems as if there is no way in collaborating the need of the population and nature. Therefore, I come up with a strategy of, planting multipurpose species. This is because planting multipurpose species will provide the assurance of growth, an economic benefit and environmental sustainability. My mind goes to Aloe Barbadensis Miller (Aloe vera or true Aloe) plant which has been of most use to mankind because of its multiple benefits I choose Aloe vera not only because it is simple to grow, but also it is a native crop that grows naturally in most parts of the country, including my mothers village. If we effectively utilize this plant we will be one of the greatest producers in the regional and international markets where the demand is sky rocketing. My primary objective of this project was to meddle between humans and the environment -what a peace keeper. My other objective was a contribution: in addition to the promise held by the Eritrean people and government to heal my country countless damage.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The impact of the idea is to reduce poverty and conserve the environment by exposing farmers to Aloe versa farming and its value addition for income generating and poverty alleviation within the semi arid lands of Eritrea.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

I have launch my pilot project in my mothers village and the pilot project was an instant success, as long as the villagers promised to reforest the degraded land the village administration and the National government agreed to give the people their seized land. At the same time the people start to reap the benefits of the plants. This year they sold their first cultivation to the market. Therefore, I am planning to introduce this project to the wider community. There is a constant discussion with the policy and decision makers of the government to implement the project nationwide. The future of the project is to reduce poverty by exposing farmers to Aloe vera farming and its value for income generating and poverty alleviation within the semi arid lands of Eritrea.

Your profile

Starting from the early days of my childhood, I had a dream of changing myself and my society through education. Unfortunately, for an African child like me who came from a poor family living in the war-torn region of Eastern Africa, realizing this dream was extremely difficult. Nevertheless, despite all the unimaginable poverty and the war (Eritrean liberation straggle) that lasted throughout my childhood, I successfully graduate in; Land resources and Environment from the Hamelmalo college Agriculture. From the moment I had completed my studies back in 2011 until present I am contributing in the overall development of my society as a researcher in the Hamelmalo Agricultural College. However, my conscience is telling me that further endeavor is required in improving myself and applying my potential in changing the wide-spread poverty and extreme challenges in my society. This is because, like most unfulfilled university students I yearned for an adventure. I craved lessons that couldnt be taught from a book ah yes, life experience. I believe that true knowledge comes only from experience. So in my life, I want to take many journeys in which, I can experience important truths. I have a rich experience in leadership and management in a multicultural environment and I have got countless recognition for that. But recently I am among the winners of the the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 blog competition where 47 blogposts have been submitted from 19 countries. http://www.wca2014.org/forestry-and-farming-a-way-through-aloe-vera-the-green-gold-amongst-us/#.UvcOC_tI7FX

Stage of Idea

start-up stage , idea offered for implementation by others

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, poverty reduction, empowerment of women, youth

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