Training and education

The Knowledge Centre on saline agriculture is an initiative of the Salt Farm Foundation, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. 

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We have the knowledge. It is now important to share this knowledge with the world.

Help farmers to test soil salinity - BonaireTraining farmers to grow salt tolerant potatoes Interreg SalFar training on TexelTraining next generation on saline agriculture

Sharing knowledge worldwide

Saline agriculture could be an important solution to the global challenge of improving food security. We have the knowledge. It is now important to share this knowledge with the world, starting with farmers.
The mission of the Salt Farm Foundation is ‘to provide farmers with the means and knowledge of saline agriculture, in an effort to improve food security, with minimal impact on already scarce fresh water supplies’.

The Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Carola Schouten, said:
"Worldwide around one billion hectares of farmland is considered non-arable due to salinization. With the knowledge, we now have about cultivation methods and selecting salt-tolerant crops, this farmland can be used to produce food. Many countries simply need this knowledge in order to produce. Hence, we support the start-up of an institute that makes sure this knowledge is shared worldwide. A major contribution to global food security!"

Bonaire – Training the farmers to grow food crops using brackish water

Our mission on Bonaire is to help the farmers to grow various food crops, by doing so we bring various benefit to the farmers and local economy.

Benefits of training the farmers to use brackish water for growing crops

  • Farmers will be able to grow crops such as sweet potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, chard and carrots.
  • Crops such as sorghum can be grown all year round instead of only during the rainy season
  • Bonaire’s reliance on food import will reduce, thereby decreasing the consumption cost for the local population
  • Saline agriculture can help to increase the availability of cattle fodder.
  • Value of the agriculture land will increase
  • Cash flow will improve in the rural economy
Redefine knowledge: Existing knowledge says crops cannot grow over 5dS/m salinityReadily available (brackish) ground water (2 to 3 dS/m)Article about our solution in a local newspaper - Feb 2019

Team Bonaire

Rosemarijn de Jong, Raul Ahamadou and Tom Romijn together with our team on Texel will lead our mission of helping and educating local farmers on Bonaire to practice saline agriculture. 

If you are interested to know more about our activities on Bonaire and if you want to work together with us please contact us at info@saltfarmfoundation.com

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