Hydroponics for IDP Food and Fodder

  • Institution Country: Germany
  • Implementation Country: Sudan
  • Sector: Energy
  • Funding Stage: Proof of Concept

Improved Food Security and Livelihoods for Conflict Affected IDPs Through Hydroponic Production in ZamZam IDP Camp in North Darfur, Sudan
by Deutsche Welthungerhilfe

Due to conflict, internally displaced people (IDPs) living in ZamZam IDP camp in Sudan have limited access to land, water, nutritional food and income. IDPs have been living in the camp since 2014, with humanitarian funding gradually decreasing, but the levels of food insecurity and malnutrition remaining high. IDPs need new ways of growing food and animal fodder, for both their own consumption and for sale. This could improve their food access and nutrition status, as well as providing a potential business for a much-needed income source.

Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V. (WHH) will introduce hydroponic vegetable and fodder production in ZamZam IDP camp to complement ongoing cash voucher distributions by WFP. Hydroponic production harnesses sunlight, but does not require soil, uses limited space, and 90% less water than traditional farming; ideal for the conditions of ZamZam IDP camp. WHH will use only locally available materials (e.g. vegetable & fodder seeds, shed netting, hand tools, nutrient solution, gunny bags, and boxes).