“We’re able to get good yields with our hydroponic system,” said Sun. “We can get about 50 kilos of iceberg lettuce per square meter and about 45 kilos of cherry tomatoes per square meter.” For now, they’re focusing on crops they can sell to large chain restaurants that need large quantities of high-quality products like lettuce, tomatoes and bok choy. But Sun noted that their system is adaptable to a number of crops and climates.
Standing behind her market stall in Masisu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which overflows with cabbages, carrots and onions, Marceline Dusabe does not fit the traditional profile of an internally displaced person. She, unlike many others displaced by the internal conflict in North Kivu, is not in need of food aid.
In fact, thanks to the money that she and her husband both earn from selling the produce they grow, they are even able to live in the privacy of their own home – progress that Dusabe’s husband, Jules Birigimana, is particularly proud of.