Charcoal briquettes and water harvesting in Uganda
December 12, 2012:
One of ARC's partners in Africa has released an
inspiring new video showing the conservation work
of Gomba Women's Environment Project in Uganda.
In the video, which has been uploaded to YouTube,
project director Hajjat Aphwa Kaawaase Sebyala
shows a variety of practical activities undertaken
by the women of Gomba, such as using
intercropping; for example, planting pine
plantations (sold for timber) with beans and
cassava, or maize with banana.
As well as making better use of available land,
planting a variety of crops has benefits for soil
health and biodiversity.
The Gomba women harvest water, with tanks erected
to collect rainwater from the village roofs and
ditches dug and lined with plastic to store water
in the rainy season for use in the dry season.
They also use recycled plastic water bottles to
drip-feed water to growing tree seedlings. One
bottle can take a week to empty, says Hajjat,
giving the plant a much needed moisture boost in
the dry season.
The video also show the Gomba project members
making charcoal briquettes from left-over crop
residues. As well as using the charcoal briquettes
instead of firewood (thus reducing forest
destruction), they sell the briquettes to earn