Launched in 2016, the Hydro-Sahrawi project uses low-tech recycled shipping containers that are specially designed to quickly grow green animal fodder in the harsh desert environment. With the help of solar power, barley shoots are grown in a partially controlled environment in 7-day cycles, with one unit alone providing enough fodder for up to 30 animals per day. The fodder is used to improve the Sahrawi’s livestock milk and meat production, and ultimately improve the food security of the reliant community.
Taleb, an agriculturalist with Oxfam and whom works alongside WFP on the project, explained how the low cost and locally built hydroponics containers “...hands power to the people we serve to strengthen their own destiny”. Expressing her delight at the award, Soazic Dupuy, a Programme Officer with WFP Algeria, noted, ‘the exceptional standard of competition,’ having beaten off WFP teams from as far afield as Malawi and Iraq.
WFP’s Director of Innovation and Change Management, Robert Opp, congratulated the team as he presented the award. By highlighting the team’s progress to date, he hoped that the event would present new opportunities for donors and supporters to help scale the idea in Algeria and abroad. You can read more about the project here.