Green is in right now, and not just in developed nations. Developing countries fully understand the importance of living an eco-friendly lifestyle; many small communities in Africa and South America have seen first-hand what wasteful practices do to their land and people. However, unlike rich Western countries that have enough resources to build and maintain local, organic farms, most cities and towns in developing nations can’t afford to experiment with sustainable agriculture — at least, not without your help.
While volunteering with animal sanctuaries and adventure tourism may be an absolute blast, you will become a better person by donating your time and energy to underprivileged communities looking to construct GMO-free, chemical-free farms. Here are five countries that need your help today.
Surprisingly, Kenya is one of the most thriving nations in Africa, with a huge economy and strong agricultural production. However, the unequal distribution of wealth firmly secures half of the country’s population below the poverty line, meaning millions of families must rely on their surrounding environments for food and water.
That is why so many Kenyans are turning to sustainable practices in small agricultural endeavors around the nation. Already, more than 75 percent of Kenya’s workforce is employed in the agriculture sector, but most farmers need outside assistance to transform their farms into sustainable, eco-friendly ventures. Volunteers in Kenya work to educate communities on what it means to be sustainable and provide solutions and aid to farmers who are having trouble making the transition to Earth-healthy models.
Ghana is undeniably poor, but in recent years, it has become one of the most stable and economically booming countries in Africa. After a small but promising boost in national wealth, Ghanaians from around the globe are traveling back to their home country carrying new ideas that may help bring Ghana into modernity. One of the most promising developments in recent years has been organic farming. As yet, most of Ghana’s farmland relies on deleterious practices that endanger the future health of the environment, but a few eager upstarts are looking to change the rural landscape into something greener.
Fortunately, though the country is in the heart of Western Africa, Ghana has not been hit with devastating Ebola outbreaks like its neighbors, and visitors should feel completely safe flying to Ghana and exploring the country. Volunteers in Ghana can expect to be involved in youth education and mobilization, getting young people interested and active in sustainable practices.
Argentina has plenty of resources to keep its economy absolutely booming. The wine and steak produced within this country’s borders are some of the best in the world, and tourists love exploring the entire nation, from stunning Patagonia to busy Buenos Aires. Unfortunately, high inflation and bad debt has sent Argentina’s middle class reeling, and the country badly needs outside intervention to get back on its feet.
Many Argentinians are becoming interested in purchasing organic, sustainably grown food, but Argentine farmers are not yet capable of generating the produce in such quantities. Volunteers will work with locals in planting and maintaining organic farms.
Though you don’t hear about it on the nightly news, Nepal is a narrow country north of India that spans a good chunk of the Himalayas, and is one of the poorest nations in the word. The country’s landscape is one of the most significant reasons its people are so poor: The cold, rocky mountains are difficult to cultivate for cities and agriculture, leaving the nation technologically under-developed and financially troubled.
Still, most of the country’s workers are farmers of one sort or another, and they look forward to learning about any practices that may make their terrain struggles easier to overcome. Because sustainable farming is tailored to individual farms’ natural needs, this agriculture style could be the salvation Nepal has been looking for. Volunteers in Nepal work closely with government agencies to promote organic farming in communities around the country.
The booming tourist industry in Jamaica has transformed the country into one of the most developed nations in the Caribbean, but rural communities still lack for clean water and nutritious food. Worse, a region-wide increase in costs for fertilizers and agrochemicals, like pesticides and herbicides, is causing many Jamaican farmers to turn away from the trade, which impacts the price of food and makes nutrition even harder to come by.
Organic farms do not rely on dangerous materials like fertilizer and pest-killers to grow crops, which means sustainability is the ideal solution for Jamaican farmers’ troubles. Volunteers in Jamaica will teach the tenants of green agriculture and help in construction of sustainable farms, to include new greenhouses that resist the effects of weather and pests. Undoubtedly, volunteers will also spend some time relaxing on pristine Jamaican beaches, as well.
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