Breadfruit. Zambia’s rural population experience hunger every year. People resort to eating caterpillars and wild fruits in order to survive. As it is always the case, children are the worst affected. It is so disheartening to see children come to school hungry or if lucky bring one monkey orange for thier lunch.
This sad situation made me search for a nutritious and sustainable food which is not affected by seasons like maize. Since time immemorial, fruits have been saving men from starvation as they are not affected by seasonal changes. It became obvious that fruits were the only answer to the problem. The only disadvantage of traditional and exotic fruits was lack of proteins and carbohydrates.
But luckily enough the Breadfruit Institute was promoting a unique yet holistic fruit called breadfruit. The institute and its partners were distributing the trees into areas where it would grow. Luckily enough, Kazungula District was identified as one of the areas with ideal climate where the trees can grow under irrigation.
In December 2013 I contacted the institute director Dr. Ragone and she donated 150 seedlings to us. Unfortunately, the trees were lost on transit and I almost gave up. Dr. Ragone and Josh Schneider encouraged me not to give up. Garry Grueber, a very passionate and enthusiastic member of Global Breadfruit advised me to find someone who could hand carry the trees from Germany to Zambia.
It was difficult to find one until a friend, Juliane Friedrich volunteered. Julie had decided to come to Zambia in order to get the trees here. The trees finally arrived on 10th October and were quickly taken to Chinkonono village where they were planted into polythene bags .
The trees are being kept in a shelter until they are ready to be planted in soil. Once they are ready, that is around january 15, they will be delivered to already identified households and planted in orchards. To be continued …