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Can zero waste farming feed the world?

June 24, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Nigerian-born scientist Father Godfrey Nzamujo is pioneering a sustainable farming system across Africa that focuses on food security and the environment.

Nzamujo began devising a "zero waste" agriculture system that would not only increase food security, but also help the environment and create jobs.

In 1985, he traded in his professor post for gardening gloves and started his sustainable farm "Songhai" in the West African country of Benin.

What is zero waste farming?

Zero waste agriculture, a type of sustainable farming, takes these principles even further by introducing a regenerative loop, where waste in one area produces feed, fuel or nutrients for another.

"The output of one area, like the livestock production, would feed into either energy production or fertilizer for crops," explained Ronnie Brathwaite, a senior agriculture officer at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

It was in place globally for millennia, until farms, especially in developing countries, moved toward synthetic fertilizer use and single crop production during the Green Revolution of the 1950s, according to Brathwaite.

Wanting to restore synergy to farms in Africa, Nzamujo started his sustainable farming mission on a small plot of land given to him by the government of Benin.

After seeing success on his first zero waste farm, he expanded throughout Benin and western Africa.

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