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Spirulina pilot project

In April 2017, we laid the first stone for our pilot farm in Nariokotome. Nariokotome is a small village in northwestern Kenya in Turkana County. The living conditions here are very difficult. Turkana is one of the hottest, driest and poorest regions in the world. Temperatures of over 45°C and extremely salty groundwater make it almost impossible to practice conventional agriculture. This results in serious consequences for the inhabitants: 91% of the population is underweight and 1 in 4 children die before the age of 5. The protein deficiency is mainly responsible for this. In addition, the average daily income does not exceed the equivalent of €1.50. These extreme environmental conditions, which are a major problem for conventional cultivation methods, are optimal for growing spirulina.

That’s why we decided to set up our first spirulina farm right there. For our pilot farm, we are working with the “Missionary Community of Saint Paul the Apostle” (MCSPA). This organization is present in several countries and is always an important support for the people living on the ground. In addition to members of the mission, locals from the village were also fascinated by our idea from the beginning, such as our current farm managers Joseph and Thomas. Joseph in particular was immediately enthusiastic, as he has always been interested in biology. Both men have found a job they love with Thriving Green.

Since building our first pool in April 2017, we have expanded and developed the site. For example, a net now protects the Spirulina pools from sand that could be blown in by the wind. The spirulina is then dried in the sun. We obtain the water we need from a groundwater pump on the site. Due to the very high salt content in the groundwater, it is ideally suited for the cultivation of our algae. Cultivation enables the villagers to provide themselves with sufficient nutrients and thus counteract the problem of malnutrition. After commissioning the site and training the farm managers, the project was handed over to MCSPA in 2019. Since then, it has been independently responsible for the development of the site. This location served as a pilot project in which we were able to gain a lot of experience.

Learn more about our Farm Manager in our interview.

Becken Untersuchung Nariokotome
Becken Nariokotome Team