Despite being surrounded by fresh water, only simple farming practices have existed on Likoma Island. There is little diversity of vegetables and external conditions provide immense challenges. Soil fertility is low, rains are limited to three months, and Likoma Islanders have difficulty accessing affordable land and finding startup capital to create a livelihood from farming.
The foundation supports five women in Likoma to establish a community run garden ‘Tiyanjane Garden’ (meaning togetherness), supplying Kaya Mawa lodge and the surrounding villages with fresh produce through a greener supply chain.
The land, already owned by Green Safaris, was idle and the soil completely destitute. Through training, the building of compost and addition of biological materials, the soil quality has improved and provided the opportunity for diverse vegetable growth.
Meanwhile, they are also growing oyster mushrooms. These are a fast growing crop, attracting a good price, which will assist in making the farm self-sustainable.
Day old chickens were added to the garden in October 2019, ensuring the farming of fresh eggs to the lodge for 2020 season.
Would you like to support this project?
Donations are very welcome! You can make a donation referring TLikoma Community Garden via PayPal, Credit Card or contribute directly via this link.
Your donation will then be allocated to this project from the Green Safaris Conservation Foundation. Thank you for your help!