New Earth Gardening (NEG)
New Earth Gardening (NEG)
1.1. Project Summary:
This project seeks to contribute to one focus area of the GEF/SGP Country Programme Strategy for (OP) 6 namely; climate smart innovative agro-ecology.

1.1.1 Climate smart innovative agro-ecology
About five years ago, the government of Botswana invested heavily in backyard gardens as a means of reducing poverty in villages and settlements. Upon introduction of the gardens, the beneficiaries` water bills shot up leading to the abandonment of the otherwise good project.

To address the above problem and also to adapt to climate change, we intend to set up 28 New Earth Gardens for poor households, in 4 settlements namely; Mahetlwe and Ditshukudu, Lesilankokong and Kotolaname. The New Earth Garden, is a CIPA registered utility model which uses a bottom up watering and fertilization technology that is environmentally friendly and comes with almost zero labour. The garden comes with three liquid organic fertilizers and one organic pest repellent. We are in the process of registering trademarks for these four garden inputs and also upgrading the garden model from a utility model to a patent.

Whereas in the first year we intend to focus on Mahetlwe and Ditsukudu, we intend to shift to Kotolaname and Lesilankokong in the second year.

This project will promote a sustainable method of horticulture which is less laborious (30 minutes of light work per week) and saves water by over 90% while increasing crop yield by 300%; benchmarking on drip irrigation, which is currently considered to be the most economic watering method in Botswana. The garden model is suitable for year round production of indigenous vegetables such as rotlwe, morogo wa dinawa, thepe e.t.c. Studies have shown that indigenous vegetables are less prone to diseases and pest attacks than exotic vegetables. Besides, there is no need for seed as we use the propagation method to domesticate the plants that ordinarily grow wild once a year in the fields. What that implies is that, our beneficiaries will have a mix of indigenous and exotic vegetables at any given time. Last but not least, this garden is mobile hence one can easily move with it from one location to another. This project will complement a gender equality project that is ongoing in the 4 settlements. Incidentally, the Office of the President, Poverty Eradication Department, has rolled out a similar project with us in some other parts of Kweneng. Furthermore, the Kweneng District Council has also approached Debswana for funding so they can use the same technology to implement their temporary destitute project.

In our selection of beneficiaries, we intend to work with existing district poverty eradication committees in targeting the poorest households first, followed by households for People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) and finally, poor female headed households as studies have shown that most households in Botswana are female headed and that women are poorer than their male counterparts.

A garden unit comprising 5 capillary trays (vegetable beds) has a capacity to hold no less than 100 exotic plants per tray and double or more with indigenous vegetables/herbs. Each exotic plant gives a yield of plus or minus ten vegetable leaves at any given time. What that means is that the beneficiaries will produce enough for their daily needs and dry or sell excess to cater for other basic needs like bread and milk. Watering is done once a week. Each 2m2 capillary tray would require only 20 litres of water per week. A similar size of a conventional vegetable bed with a maximum capacity of 30 plants would require 840litres of water per week assuming that one is using drip irrigation. What that implies is that 5000 litres of water harvested from the roof top, would be sufficient to sustain a five tray New Earth Garden for the whole year. The gardens use liquid organic fertilizer which serves two purposes namely, manure and weed killer. The fertilizer softens the soil as opposed to chemical fertilizers which harden the soil causing soil erosion. Both the capillary trays and fertilizer are manufactured by us through our income generating subsidiary organization called New Earth Promotions.

We intend to use a consultative approach for buy-in and down- up participatory approach for sustainability. To that end, we shall engage the community in target setting, participatory monitoring and evaluation.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Heritage of Service Trust
Country:
Botswana
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Operational Phase:
OP6 - Y5 (Jul 19-Jun 20)
Grant Amount:
US$ 47,500.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 2,500.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
BOT/SGP/OP6/Y5/CORE/CC/2020/13
Start Date:
8/2020
End Date:
7/2021
Status:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Donors want visibility and as such, we are going to stick UNDP logos on all our project site offices and all our Facilitators would be putting t/shirts with UNDP and Organization logos printed on them. Upon receiving this grant, we are going to send flyers in the community informing them about our partnership with GEF. Once every quarter, we shall hold stakeholder meetings that will generate minutes which will be disseminated widely. As soon as our website is in place, all our activities will be accessible to other CSOs and our two umbrella organizations we are affiliated to i.e. BOCONGO and BONASO. At the end of the project, we shall print a newsletter detailing all project activities and success stories for free distribution to prospective donors and community at large.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
During project implementation, our communications Director would be taking captioned photographs for each and every activity for the purposes of documenting our work. Furthermore, he would be compiling anecdotal success stories from the beneficiaries. The stories would be forwarded to the stakeholders for sharing lessons learned and best practices. We also intend to establish a web page for our organization within 6 months of commencing this project. That way, members of the public would be able to contact us for information concerning our programmes and our inventions. Plans are also underway to register utility models and file patents for some, if not all our inventions. We shall be working with CIPA in the coming months to get our New Earth Garden upgraded from a utility model to a patent. Through our networking efforts, our organization has been invited by BITC to participate in the Dubai 2020 Expo. We have also submitted this garden model for the Equator prize. Furthermore, and in recognition of our innovations, our contact person was recently invited by CIPA to attend a Regional workshop at the Travel Lodge, Gaborone from 10-12 September 2019. The workshop was organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
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Mr System Administrator
 

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Box 504275, Gaborone Suite 1119, Magokotswane Ward
Molepolole , Kweneng ,

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Ms. Abigail Engleton
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