Nelly Bassily | February 24, 2014
This week’s story from Zimbabwe explains the benefits of growing potatoes in backyard sacks.
In 2010, FRI held a scriptwriting competition on farmer innovation. Two of the winning scripts focused on sack farming, and both were set in the Kibera section of Nairobi, Kenya. We feature one of these pieces as our script of the week.
The script notes that rapid population growth is putting pressure on Africa’s natural environment, and making it difficult for many to find land to grow food. Sack farming provides hope for those without land.
The script tells the story of Mike Buseti, a Kenyan farmer who discovers sack farming. Growing food in sacks helps him avoid the starvation that threatens his family.