A response to the
the climate emergency
- a nourishing and medicinal forest for food and economic sovereignty via permaculture on the Senegalese model of Tolou Keur. The Tolou Keur is done in collaboration with the Senegalese association Biophilia, and its technical coordinators and trainers accredited by the “Agence Sénégalaise de la Reforestation et de la Grande Muraille Verte” (ASERGMV).
- a nursery to provide the beneficiaries, through women’s cooperatives and local associations, with the necessary plants to reproduce their own Tolou Keur. The nursery is realized in collaboration with the High Atlas Foundation to ensure the availability of plants (fruit trees, shrubs, aromatic and medicinal plants, market garden plants…..) and the multiplication of food and medicinal forests, making the plants available free of charge to the beneficiaries of the project for their food and medical care
With the objective:
- To sustainably improve the living conditions of the beneficiaries by increasing their income, food autonomy and disease prevention through a healthy and diversified diet.
- To support the beneficiaries, women’s cooperatives and local associations, in a sustainable way by safeguarding their know-how and in particular their traditions and the reactivation of ancestral preventive medicinal knowledge.
This farm-school trains people in permaculture, agroforestry, agroecology, and health sciences through plants, nature and ancestral knowledge. It also consists of training trainers who will in turn train others to ensure the sustainability of the project.
The N’Terractive Association
The project is initiated and coordinated by the Swiss N’Terractive Association
The N’Terractive association was created in November 2006 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It works for environmental awareness and rational management of natural resources at regional, national and international levels.
The founding members of N’Terractive are motivated and competent women, Dr. Es science, active in the fields of management, technology and knowledge transfer and in the coordination and management of scientific and interdisciplinary projects.
N’Terractive association develops interdisciplinary projects by creating networks between universities, polytechnics, universities of applied sciences, international organizations, NGOs and SMEs in Switzerland and abroad.
Its objective is to support the socio-economic development of populations dependent on natural resources, to develop and monitor socio-educational projects and to valorize natural resources.
Our sponsors are :
We warmly thank the Audemars Piguet Foundation for its generous donation for the establishment of a nursery and the construction of the first food and medicinal forest following the Tolou Keur model in Morocco.
We would like to thank the ProTechhno foundation which supported us at the very beginning of our project by financing the preliminary study of the project “For the creation of a pilot project for the valorization of plant species adapted to the Moroccan semi-arid zones and to support the socio-economic development of disadvantaged regions”.
The Toulou Keur model
The Tolou-Keur are models of traditional and ecological agroecosystems, easy to reproduce, intended for the production of fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants. They are characterized by the association of a great diversity of plant species forming several strata. These plants produce fruits, vegetables and medicines. These products generate additional income and contribute to improving health and diversifying the diet of the population. These Tolou-Keur through their diversity of crops also contribute to the fertilization and regeneration of soils and water tables. They also allow to favour the re-establishment of forests.
Tolou-Keur are easy to set up and reproduce. They are based on sustainable practices respectful of traditions promoting a diversity of crops including market gardening, native trees for food, medicine and fertilizer as well as a chicken coop and/or fish pond. All of this is powered by solar energy and an integrated irrigation system.
The Tolou-Keur are installed on a 0.5 hectare area in 10 days. They can produce between 600 and 1000 kg of diversified healthy and medicinal food per month and contain nearly 65 species.
The project area is located near Douar Ben Haddi, about ten kilometers from the town of Sidi-Bennour on the axis El Jadida-Marrakech and Safi-Settat. Sidi Bennour is located in the Province of El-Jadida, Region of Doukkala Abda.
The climate is Mediterranean, semi-arid. The average rainfall is 300 mm / year. The temperature varies between 39 °F to 105 °F (4°C and 40°C).
Half a hectare is dedicated to the nourishing and medicinal forest and half a hectare to the nursery.
The beneficiaries are women and men, members of local associations close to the farm-school.
Their organization is done through a management group including in its committee a member of each of the beneficiary associations to manage the administrative, financial and planning aspects. This is done by considering local management practices.
The beneficiaries participate in the construction and transfer of knowledge of the medicinal forest and the nursery.
After the establishment of the medicinal and food forest, the beneficiaries exploit in a rotating way the products resulting from the medicinal and food forest for their own consumption and to increase their income.
Our banking reference
CH65 0900 0000 1748 8551 4