Fridays for Climate | Harvesting spirulina in Chad

Fridays for Climate | Harvesting spirulina in Chad

On the shores of Lake Chad, the blue-green algae, spirulina, is harvested and processed by women 👩🏾‍🌾. Being an eco-friendly, nutrient-rich dietary supplement for humans, spirulina is promoted as a potential solution to food insecurity and malnutrition in developing countries. The algae has been used for centuries as a traditional food by indigenous peoples in both Africa and Central America 🌍.

This traditional practice is transformed nowadays into a source of jobs and income. Climate change and a rapidly expanding population have caused Lake Chad to shrink by 90 percent since the 1960s. The creation of jobs is crucial to protect this ecosystem and more widely, to address the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel. The spirulina processing is part of a GCCA+ project to support communities in Chad adapting the impacts of climate change.

Known to health-conscious consumers all over the world, spirulina turned into tablets can sell for up to 20 euros a pack in western stores 🌿.


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