June 21, 2010
June 22 Story: Food for Families and More
The Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean has an ideal climate for growing: no winter season, regular rain, rich soil. Despite these benefits, the Islands is a food deficit country. PWRDF is working with the Diocese of Ysabel to help farmers on the island of Garanga to produce enough food for themselves and to sell through agri-business. The money they are able to make allows them to pay school fees for their children.
Garanga has four 3-month long growing seasons on the island, so workers on the 15 hectare farm supported by PWRDF are able to grow a variety of crops. They also use “inter-cropping” to help maintain biodiversity and control pests. Crops produced by the farm include papaya, corn, peanuts, coffee, coconut, banana, eucalyptus, oranges, and more.
Your donation of $100 to PWRDF can help support a farmer working for a season on the Garanga