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A lightweight small unit which can provide food/income. Potential to filter/store rainwater, be made from local materials & compost waste.

A lightweight small unit which can provide food/income. Potential to filter/store rainwater, be made from local materials & compost waste.

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David commented on MICROFARM water storage

We would be open to looking at a range of ways to fund the initial costs with what may best fit the communities needs or with what the communities have experience of. If micro financing was something that was already in operation and that people had experience in managing their finance then this may be a a great way to deliver the project once up and running.

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David commented on MICROFARM water storage

Lyn, thanks for your comment, we do have schematics which have been driven forward by a community we are working with in Cambodia. Here the water collection is based on rainwater catchment from zinc and palm roofs retrofitting existing water collection devices and using local materials. From a roof of 20m2, growers can collect 2 000 litres of water for every 100 mm of rainfall, enough for the year-round cultivation of a micro-garden of 2m2. The FAO suggest this enough for around 400 tomatoes (60 kg) a year, or 71 heads of lettuce every 60 days, or 20 cabbages every 90 days, or 200 onions every 120 days. In terms of funding we have been looking at very small amounts of seed funding to establish the unit but first figures show that this can be done for a very low cost that can be recouped within the first or second harvest. When the project is implemented across a community there may be opportunities once one microfarm is up and running for the owner to help someone else (a neighbour perhaps) set up there's. Thanks for your support...