Feed the Revolution: Eco-Fertilizer Project in Rojava Seeks Funding

Rojava’s economy is based on agriculture, under the Assad regime it was known as “Syria’s bread basket”. The Syrian state established huge wheat monocultures that make up more than 90% of Rojava’s agricultural produce today. Since the revolution started, farmers have begun to diversify the agriculture, but the people still rely on wheat not to go hungry.

To grow the wheat fertilizer is needed. Because of the war and the embargo, the farmers get less and less fertilizer every year. This year, only 10% of the needed fertilizer could be imported, which means that farmers will be able to harvest only an estimated third of the expected amount of wheat. With experts predicting a historic drought in the Middle East this year, the harvest will probably be even less. Amidst renewed attacks from ISIS and other jihadist group,s Rojava’s people are facing a great famine.

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Rojava needs to make its own fertilizer. The only resource needed is biological waste from the towns, villages, and farms. Chemical fertilizer has reduced the soil’s fertility over the years, and now it is not available anymore. Organic fertilizer is sustainable and easy to make.

The biological waste of an average Rojavan town is enough to make fertilizer for 60 percent of the land tended to by the town’s inhabitants. Together with animal droppings from the farms, Rojava can make enough organic fertilizer for all of its arable land.

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