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Websites & Youtube channels

There is a LOT of information on the internet about how to grow more food…we’ve made our list of favourites below. This should be a good start to learn even more than what you find here on www.growyourfood.africa.

Youtube channels

NAFSAN – Nutrition and Food Security Alliance is a young NGO which aims at raising awareness about nutrition- and food security related matters and at establishing a Civil Society Alliance in Namibia that will then fulfill critical functions around networking, information sharing, advocacy and coordination. Watch their important videos on Youtube!

Advancing Eco Agriculture – with John Kempf – Advancing Eco Agriculture works with growers to create customized crop programs, combining biological and mineral nutrition products with regenerative practices. We have been helping growers make more money with regenerative agriculture since 2006.

The Food Forest Namibia – The Food forest Namibia is based just outside of Otjiwarongo in the northern part of Namibia where Danou van Rensburg and family strive to learn the Permaculture way and to grow good food for ourselves and others. We strive to create “A nice place to live” as the great Bill Mollison used to say. Danou showcases a lot of permaculture methods adapted to our unique dry Namibian environment. A definite must watch!

Farmup – A fun and informative channel of a Medical Doctor turned chicken farmer in Kenya. Lot’s of great info on how to build a big chicken business with little money.

AIM Agriculture – A Kenyan Channel with LOADS of information on growing your own food as well as inspirational stories on building agribusinesses from scratch with little money.

Farmers Point – an emerging farmer focusing on chicken and hydroponic fodder

Grandeur Africa – demonstrates in easy to follow videos low budget but very productive aquaponics, hydroponics and fodder systems.

https://wikifarmer.com/ – Wikifarmer is a global platform with the mission of empowering farmers through educating them and offering them access to the open market to sell their products at fair prices.

https://www.accessagriculture.org/how-use-website – Our website hosts training videos in support of sustainable agriculture in developing countries.

www.livingseeds.co.za – is an awesome South African resource for all things growing!

Permies – a forum for permaculture enthusiasts. Here you will learn a LOT about everything related to permaculture.

No Till Growers – lots of videos on all things gardening.

Huw Richards – permaculture kitchen gardening with lots of ideas

The Gardening Channel with James Prigioni. – very energetic gardener full of ideas.

Discover Permaculture with Geoff Lawton – A must watch channel full of much needed information.

Rob Bobs Aquaponics – a fun Australian experimenting with all sorts of backyard aquaponics systems.

Edge of Nowhere Farm – a very informative channel with lots of info on farming in the desert in Arizona. Focus is on fruit trees and their care and irrigation, but poultry is also covered.

Growing your greens – an entertaining but highly informative channel. John from www.growingyourgreens.com has a funny way to bring you a lot of highly knowledgeable info on how to grow food in the desert. He’s based in Las Vegas.

David the Good – More food with less work! 1400 videos on growing your own food with methods that need less hard work.

Farming the future is a Namibian farming magazine series that highlights on farming success stories. The series features various players from the farming sector with emphasis on farmers. The videos talk about the challenges of the farming industry and how farmers are overcoming them ( i.e stock theft, climate change and lack of water).

Training videos by the Paani Foundation of India: These are training videos used by the Paani Foundation in their Farmers Cup trainings. They are the basis of training hundreds of thousands of farmers in very relevant topics of making villages self sufficient and drought proof. The videos don’t have English audio but you can switch on the English subtitles.

Online libraries

NAFSAN is a Namibian membership-based, non-profit alliance consisting of civil society, academia, private sector and committed individuals, and it is part of a global movement to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms and to achieve food security in a sustainable manner. Their website contains a LOT of good information.

Environmental Information Service Namibia. – is the most comprehensive resource on the environment in Namibia, including detailed descriptions of all species and biomes.

A list of alien plants in Namibia

Z-library – Part of Z-Library project. The world’s largest ebook library

Nap.edu – The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes the publications of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

Academia.edu, Here are nearly all the books anybody could hope for!

The Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in Southern Africa (KHSA) is part of the Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa (KCOA. The KCOA aims to scale up adoption of organic farming practices through five knowledge hubs in Africa.

Blogs:

https://www.motherearthnews.com – The Original Guide to Living Wisely. MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been helping readers live more self-reliant, sustainable lives since 1970. Now you can access 50 years of wisdom online.

https://www.feedipedia.org – Feedipedia is an open access information system on animal feed resources that provides information on nature, occurrence, chemical composition, nutritional value and safe use of nearly 1400 worldwide livestock feeds.

South African Smallholder – This is the national online portal for South African smallholders, small farmers and rural dwellers.

10 great websites to learn more

According to ChatGPT’s info as of September 2021, here are ten great websites for organic gardeners and smallholder farmers looking to learn how to grow more food with less water:

  1. Organic Growers Toolkit: A series of very detailed instructional articles on the core themes of organic growing. It’s an organic growers 101. (https://thegrownetwork.com/organic-growers-tool-kit-series/)
  2. Mother Earth News (www.motherearthnews.com): This website covers a wide range of sustainable living topics, including organic gardening and water-efficient farming practices.
  3. Gardening Know How (www.gardeningknowhow.com): Offers practical gardening tips and techniques, including water-saving methods for growing more with less.
  4. Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) (www.sare.org): Provides resources and information on sustainable agriculture practices, including water-efficient techniques.
  5. Permaculture Research Institute (www.permaculturenews.org): Focuses on permaculture, a design approach that emphasizes sustainable and water-wise farming and gardening.
  6. The Spruce (www.thespruce.com): Features a dedicated section on gardening with tips for conserving water and maximizing yields.
  7. Urban Farmer (www.ufseeds.com): Offers practical advice for small-scale farmers and urban gardeners, including water-saving techniques.
  8. National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) (attra.ncat.org): Provides resources on sustainable farming practices, including water-efficient methods.
  9. GrowVeg (www.growveg.com): Offers garden planning tools and informative articles on water-wise gardening techniques.
  10. University Extension Websites: Many university extension programs have valuable resources on water-efficient gardening and farming practices. Examples include University of California’s UC Master Gardener Program (mg.ucanr.edu) and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (agrilifeextension.tamu.edu).
  11. Agriculture and Food Security Center (www.agriculture-xprt.com): Provides articles and information on sustainable agriculture practices, including water-saving methods.
  12. Weather Spark: https://weatherspark.com/countries/NA – interesting site showing year round weather in Namibia. You can add places yourself to see the maps change to your place.

Please note that website content may change over time, so it’s always a good idea to verify that the websites are still active and reliable sources of information. Happy gardening and farming!

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