The village of Gdweiss is 150 kilometers southeast of Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. The communities in the area mostly raise livestock, and until now most fruits and vegetables came from Morocco. Mohamed Tate, who represents the Terra Madre community of Nouakchott camel farmers and milk producers, suggested that the Gdweiss women plant a community food garden. The response was very positive and 20 women worked to start the garden together with young people from the community.
The municipality has made 15 hectares of unfenced land available to the local farmers’ association to create the food garden, which will cover a plot of around a hectare. A large well is located not far away, and with the help of the Thousand Gardens in Africa project Mohamed wants to install a solar-powered pump to draw water for irrigation.
Gdewiss village, Trarza region, southeast of Nouakchott
Mohamed Tate, representative of the Terra Madre community of Nouakchott camel farmers and milk producers