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2020 issue #2



The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a crisis unlike any we’ve seen. Food export and import have been affected in many parts of the world due to the restriction on transportation. Salt Farm Foundation has been receiving various emails from countries such as the Maldives and Nepal which have been affected due to restrictions in trade. The Maldives, in particular, is an island nation which is completely dependent on the import of food products from neighbouring countries. They are unable to grow enough crops due to lack of freshwater and soil-salinity. Saline agriculture is one of the solutions that could offer help to countries such as the Maldives. We are hopeful that once this crisis comes to an end, we will be able to help countries around the world to strengthen their food security.
Setting up Saline agriculture test locations on Bonaire
Bonaire is also an island nation that depends heavily on agricultural import. Salt Farm Foundation has been actively working on identifying opportunities to grow crops on Bonaire since 2015 and on February 2020, we went back to Bonaire and finalised the last steps to setup test locations on Bonaire. During the trip, we met with our local team, headed by Rosemarijn De Jong, and organised an information evening for interested farmers. An outcome of this evening was eleven farmers who would like to take part in the project and test crops at their respective location. We worked together with the local policymakers and officials to facilitate the set up of new testing locations and for support for the project. We would especially like to thank Jasper Dalhuisen and Yoeri de Vries from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality for helping us set up this project. In the coming months, we will start setting up the test locations with the participating farmers on Bonaire and start testing the crops. In the next issue of our newsletter, we will provide more information about our project on Bonaire. 

Salt Farm Foundation, thanks to the support of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, will continue to step-up its effort via its knowledge centre to develop and spread knowledge of saline agriculture to help the farmers and improve the food security worldwide.

Photo: Test location of a farmer on Bonaire | Information evening on Bonaire for interested farmers.
Reports related to Saline agriculture
Seaweed and algae extract as leaf fertilizer and biostimulant in salt-tolerant potato: The Louis Bolk Instituut, at the request of Salt Farm Foundation, has made a report on the potential of using seaweed and algae extract as leaf fertilizer and biostimulant in the cultivation of salt-tolerant potatoes. This report was developed with the support of the project - Interreg North Sea Region SalFar. Read the abstract and download the report here (in Dutch) - Seaweed as fertilizer and biostimulant
Saline opportunities in Wadden region: What are the opportunities for practising Saline agriculture and aquaculture on the Wadden region? At the request of 'Programma naar een Rijke Waddenzee (PRW)' (Programme for a Rich Wadden Sea), Acacia Water has developed a report on the opportunities in this region for using salt-tolerant crops, saline crops and saline aquaculture. The report contains various projects and initiatives of Salt Farm Foundation and its partners in the field of saline agriculture and aquaculture. Read the report here - Zilte kansen Waddenregio
Which crop were farmers most curious to know the salt tolerance of?

Read this report on the International Farmers cafe that was organised as a part of the Saline Future Conference in September 2019. This report was developed by our project partners as a part of the Interreg North-Sea region SalFar. The International Farmers’ Café on Saline Agriculture.
Photo: During the excursion of the delegation comprising of international farmers and scientists on Texel, September 2019.
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