For centuries, Solomon Islanders found their food in the wild and in the sea. Today, with the increase of the population and the environment degradation, this way of living is not sustainable anymore. People have now adopted the asian food which includes mainly poor quality products. These change in the alimentation has two impacts. Firstly, it affects the public health, especially with diabete. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 50% of the population is overweight. Secondly, the local economy is now strongly controled by asian businesses.
On Logha, the design and the promotion of sustainable solutions for food production will help reduce the impact of malnutrition and economic dependence. We are trying various kind of breeding and culture.
A permaculture vision
This vision considers the farm as an ecosystem where each culture or breeding are sub-systems which can interact together. Therefore, the waste of an element can be used for feeding another. This management is more ecological as it avoids the use of pesticide and reduces the frequence of human intervention.
Tilapias farming (study)
The tilapias is very famous in South-East Asia. It is easy to breed. The main obstacle is the food cost which is high because of heavy cost of shipping. We are considering a culture of insects (black soldier fly) on Logha island to feed the fishes.
Red crabs farming (under development)
The red crab farming has been studied by many NGOs to address malnutrition in poor countries that have mangroves. We would like to set up solutions advocated by such NGO for an effective and environmentally friendly red crab farming.
Piggery (under development)
Pork is the common meat eaten by local people. Its sale can also generate revenue for the Logha community. Like fish food, pig food is expensive because it comes from china. Therefore, we work on to producing pig food directly from Logha island.
Garden (under development)
The garden and the orchar regularly produce vegetables and fruits for the community: pineapple, mango, sweet potatoes, lemon, etc.
We regularly increase the diversity of the culture by planting new sorts of tree: soursop, papaya, etc
Apiculture (under development)
Honey is very popular in the Solomon Islands. Some local communities have developed a reliable source of income with apiculture.
In the past, Logha has many hives. They slowly died following the invasion of the Asian bees which can weaken the European bees. Today, only two hives remains.
We are working on capacity building with the help of a local NGO and improving the tools and the hives.