Farmers are taught sustainable farming
Djibouti is ranked as one of the world’s poorest countries and imports more than 90% of its food requirements. Recurrent drought in the region has made life difficult for the people of Djibouti and the life expectancy here is less than 60 years.
To counter the lack of food production, IAS initiated a project in sustainable farming, aiming to increase potential yields and decrease the dependency on imported food products. People in Djibouti are from a nomadic background and do not have farming knowledge apart from that which relates directly to raising livestock. IAS saw a need to introduce sustainable farming practices such as composting to increase potential yields and decrease the dependence on imported food products.
By working with three local farming associations at least 35 ‘lead’ farmers have been trained in ‘large scale’ composting practices for farming and gardening. The use of compost on the farms increase soil quality as it works as a fertilizer therefore increasing the production. Additionally, it makes soil more absorbent which decreases water usage.
The local farmers and officials are very enthusiastic about the project, which has been featured in the local newspaper and on television. In the next year IAS Djibouti hope to do five composting trainings in five different locations.
English is taught in Djibouti
French has been the official language spoken and taught in Djibouti. However, as English is spoken worldwide, the government realizes the need to expose people to English so they can widen their horizons. For this purpose, IAS Djibouti, in partnership with Ecole Emmanuel, owned and operated by Mission de la Mer Rouge, is conducting high-quality training in the teaching of English as a foreign language focusing primarily on young professionals or those who aspire to be such.