This garden is located west of the town of Bunia, in the Mbiyo valley. The valley is crossed by a river, also called Mbiyo. The garden was launched in 2014 and it is now farmed by a group of people who belong to the Bankoko community. The group includes 17 people – 12 women and 5 men – who farm 22 ares of land. They are organized to work together; they use traditional methods and tools, which are adapted to the soil and the local environment. All activities are planned according to a schedule that allows everyone to work at the same time, doing the same type of activity. The seeds are obtained from the previous harvest. Polyculture is the system that the group has chosen for their farming activities. Sugar cane is also produced and sold. To protect plants from the attacks of insects, biological pest control methods are used, including ash and an infusion of tobacco leaves. Thanks to the support received by the agronomists of the Slow Food Ituri convivium, the garden members are now more aware of the importance of the local, traditional values and knowledge. To ensure a good harvest, methods such as crop rotation, composting and the use of organic waste are used.
Town of Bunia, Ituri province, Mbiyo valley
Augustin Bedidjo Djamugisa