Grow the Farmer. Feed the Planet: Meet Khadiza Begum
Meet Khadiza Begum, a smallholder farmer from Bangladesh who participates in the project the Salt Solution.
Introducing salt tolerant crops
In the coastal areas of Southern Bangladesh, soil is increasingly affected by salt. As a result, crops no longer grow there and the land cannot be used anymore. With the support from the Postcode Lottery, ICCO and Salt Farm Texel introduce salt tolerant crops in these areas. These are (natural) varieties of crops that do grow on salt-affected soil. In this way we can enable small-scale farmers, like Khadiza Begum, to make their land productive again, improving their food security.
Becoming a demo farmer
Khadiza Begum (38) is a smallholder farmer who has a small plot of land. She found out about the Salt Solution from her neighbor, and she immediately contacted the field officer for this project and showed interest. She was selected as a demo farmer since she has fallow land for seven years due to very high salinity.
Khadiza received training and now she knows how to cultivate vegetable in saline land. She is now able to cultivate cabbage, carrot, kholrabi. Local farmers are visiting her field to become inspired by her success of growing vegetables in saline affected land. 24 neighbouring farmers are now interested to replicate the technologies among the communities.
Khadiza: “The success has been possible through using technical knowledge about salinity and applying water and fertilizer at the right time. People gather here everyday to see my demo plot. I am very much grateful to CODEC and ICCO Cooperation for producing salt solution vegetables.”