Food Walls

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Hundreds of people go hungry everyday. This is often due to a lack of access to rations and basic vegetable at times like these. A ‘Food Wall’ is a simple concept whereby people with long compound walls that border roads, can plant food producing creepers, such as tendli, malabar spinach, air potatoes, karela, cucumber and beans along these walls. If there are people on their way home from work, without any food to take home, they can just pluck some spinach, and other veggies off the ‘Food Walls’ and take it home. This concept is easy to set up, increases growing space and strengthens food security within our communities.

10 thoughts on “Food Walls”

  1. Are there 100s of people going hungry in Goa usually? I have my doubts there.

    Sure, if tourism does not restart, that may happen.

    40% of Goa’s incomes and 40% of the population rely on tourism. I doubt food walls are going to solve the problems of those families.

    1. Hi Matt! Thank you for your comment. I work for the humanitarian helpline and yes, unfortunately, more than a hundred people go hungry every day in Goa. Furthermore, it’s only the privileged like ourselves who have access to growing space, most migrant communities pay rent even now and have no access to land. These communities are also affected by economic fluctuations and do not have much opportunity to save money. Which means that today its corona causing this shortage of food and money, but previously it was democratization and in the future, it could be anything that pulls them below the poverty line. All in all – if we create more open spaces for people to have access to a little food, we can help the poorest have access to it, whenever they need it. This isn’t a blanket solution to food security. But it does help. I’ve grown a food wall in Saligao and people do pluck spinach from it on their way home. Its a small solution but it works.

        1. Another point about the Food Walls is that it allows people access to food without having to enter a property. The walls can be labelled as ‘Free Food Walls’ so as to give people the confidence to access food from them and not be shunned for stealing. There is currently a lot of xenophobia in goa surrounding ‘migrant communities ‘ . The walls give anyone and everyone accesses to food, at any point without the stigma of having to ask or beg. Its a way of ensuring everyone has the right to food.

  2. I like the idea of growing your own food and grow locally. Instead of getting our vegetables from other states which many times we do not how it was grown and how many days in storage or transportation which could result in loss of nutritious value. Plus Goa weather is perfectly suited for food walls. Great Idea.

    1. Thank you Thomas! I completely agree with you on the need for more local food. Please feel free to share the image that comes with this idea. It has all the details of how to set up a food wall and what plants to grow.

  3. We completely undersell our incredible cuisine. We must create areas in our towns where street food is served; Campal and Miramar can be ideal food hubs. Study what Singapore has done in this regard — 30 years ago their night food markets, which have 100s of food stalls and carts that attract thousands of visitors were nothing more than slums. Bangkok street food is also world renowned. This is low hanging fruit which can be operational by December. But the carts should be designed carefully to make them appealing.

    Goa has other unique items which can be produced on large scale for export to other states. Each village has its own local baker which make amazing breads. We should create an institute where we can research and improve the skills of our bakers and then eventually help them become major suppliers of bread across India. We also have potential in other items like sausages as well as any number of jams, chutneys and juices made from our plentiful fruit trees — a study of Uttarkhand and Himachal can point the way forward on how to do this best. Creation of small institutes to handhold people through the initial stages would be necessary.

    1. Sheila.
      All these are an amazing ideas and a wonderful vision towards Goan community. One towards cuisine and other one towards marketplace. There needs to be more education and training needs to be provided. There is definately an opportunity to collaborate with locals – producer, artist, bakers, farmers, Self Help Groups, etc… We have started to bring most of these communities together via our initial pilot – Please visit DigitalBaila.Com and other – – It has some success but there needs to be more awareness in terms of value it will bring. We believe each individual has an opportunity to bring their best out and make their digital presence via online and share it Goa and to the world.

  4. Hello Gabriella,
    The concept is really nice and environment friendly. Growing local vegetables and consuming or selling the same will definitely help.all the best..
    In addition to your idea on the wall, here my thoughts – not sure if that make sense :)-
    For Farming –
    There should be a way to lease vacant lots or agricultural plots which are not utilized for growing vegetables and it can be done my collaborating with landlords, farmers, and NGO’s or non-profit organizations.
    For Selling –
    Lease or look for available free open LOTS (if People are willing to give it for a seasonal use) to conduct an weekly LOCAL Vegetable market place – This should be an exclusive for all members signing up to receive local products and vegetables….

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