In the Sechura desert, on Peru’s northern coast, drinking water is unavailable and nutritious food is scarce and expensive. Now, thanks to a project backed by the World Food Programme (WFP), drip irrigation systems allow for efficient use of underground waters. The latter can be accessed through communal reservoirs.
Using organic agricultural techniques, local can no grow broccoli, maize, slipper gourd, carrots, beetroots, lemons, alfalfa, tomatoes, lemongrass, coriander, radish, mint, parsley and local pulses such as pigeon peas.
The WFP-backed scheme has so far supported some 250 farms in Sechura. About 40 percent of these are producing surplus which they are able to sell for a profit.
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