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Local NGO creates rooftop gardens in Palestinian camps

The rooftop of Jadal for Knowledge and Culture after transforming it into an experimental urban farm (Photo courtesy of Greening The Camps)

When they flee their countries, most refugees lose their connection with their land, and therefore with agricultural production, she explained, noting that Greening The Camps aims to reinstil the practices of growing and harvesting crops.

By Camille Dupire
The Jordan Times
Sept 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Deep-rooted and wide spreading vegetables like pumpkins, courgettes, carrots and rhubarb were planted in large wooden boxes placed on recycled palettes.

“Each box is provided with a self-constructed watering system that maintains efficient irrigation and limits the evaporation of water. This installation ensures easy harvesting and low space occupation as the soil-filled boxes are hung on the wall,” the trio explained on their website.

Helping refugees to gain a truly sustainable livelihood was the idea behind Greening the Camps, which aims to reconnect displaced communities with food production from urban agricultural practices all the while enhancing local empowerment and economic development.

A designer and media manager for the project, Evi Hellebaut, said: “positively improving women’s and youth’s self esteem by creating a green open space where they can develop themselves, building on a more sustainable way of living and creatively working together on a greener environment is challenging but rewarding”.

Read the complete article here.