Ebukanga

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Spirulina

In February 2019, we opened a spirulina farm in Ebukanga, in western Kenya not far from Lake Victoria. Although it is possible to grow corn, agriculture is characterized by frequent crop failures and the diet is still quite poor and one-sided, especially among the poorer population. This not infrequently leads to health problems. That is why we decided to build a spirulina farm there as well. Our long-standing partner and local contact is Zachuas, Chairman of the Inua Village Group.

The Inua Village Group is a local organization that is committed to positive local development in many areas. The Foundation places a special focus on school education and the local community. Within this framework, they are also active in various nutrition projects. The cooperation has resulted in the first pool on the school grounds there in the spring of 2019. The spirulina obtained from this was distributed to the schoolchildren and mixed into their daily breakfast (porridge) to ensure a more balanced diet (https://www.facebook.com/villagetoglobalfoundation/).

In Ebukanga, we have further developed our original breeding facility and adapted it to the different conditions. We have installed a solar-powered circulation system (paddle wheel), which ensures gentle, slow mixing of the pools. We have also built a drying chamber in which spirulina can dry more efficiently. A translucent roof was also built over the tank to protect the microalgae from possible contamination by rain.

Unfortunately, the local climatic conditions were not suitable for spirulina cultivation. After a few months, we realized that the local climate was too cold and the rainfall too heavy and too frequent. That’s why we had to stop producing spirulina in Ebukanga.

Partner in Ebukanga
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Hydroponic

As the climate in Ebukanga was not suitable for spirulina, we looked for alternative methods of agriculture that would ensure resource-efficient cultivation of food in the area. In the process, we came across the innovative concept of hydroponic systems. The advantage of hydroponics is that the plants are not grown in the soil, but in a special nutrient solution. All essential nutrients are added to this. This means that the plants can be grown regardless of the climate and the prevailing soil quality. It is also a water-saving and space-saving method, as hydroponic systems can be built on several levels. We have therefore decided to set up a hydroponic plant in Ebukanga together with Zachuas from the Inua Village Group. To gain experience, Zachuas employees completed a hydroponics workshop at “Hydroponics Africa Limited”. A few prototypes will now provide information on which nutrient solutions are suitable for the various vegetable and eastern varieties and which species can grow best in our hydroponic system. Our goal is to successfully open a first hydroponic plant on site by the end of 2024 in order to contribute to local food security.

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More about Zachuas on our team page.