Innovative agriculture: Sandbar cropping

August 29, 2012

Sandbars and agriculture? This may sound like a paradox since sandbars are considered to be infertile. But this is exactly what the Practical Action http://practicalaction.org/ organization promotes in Bangladesh: a technique that allows unutilized land to be put to good use.

In the dry season, the landscape in Bangladesh is characterized by vast areas of sandbars. For families who live alongside these sandbars, agriculture seems almost impossible. A stock of sufficient nourishment is, however, vitally important in this region since the danger of floods is omnipresent.

Practical Action, an organization that deploys technical solutions in order to tackle poverty, enables families to use sandbar beds as cropland. The picture below shows how the technique works. In a first step, a pit is dug into the sandbar in order to place a jute sack at the bottom of it that is filled with compost. Then, after a few days, seeds are placed inside the sack. Monitoring the pit carefully, the farmer is able to harvest up to ten gourds or pumpkins after just five months.

For more information please visit http://practicalaction.org/food-production/sandbar_cropping

Vineeta Manglani
Vineeta Manglani

Vineeta Manglani is Unit Director at the PR agency Sympra and responsible for international communication for the “empowering people. Award”. Vineeta was born in London and has been living and working in Germany for 21 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Political Studies and a diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism.

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Award Communications

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Topics

  • Food & Agriculture
  • Integral Solutions
  • Food & Agriculture