Technical partners: Mongolian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Light Industry Government of Gobi-Altai province, Government of Arkhangai province, Federation of Arkhangai Herders, AVSF, Secours Catholique, Caritas Mongolia
Financial partners: European Union, Principality of Monaco - Department of International Cooperation, Fonds de dotation Humus pour la diversité, Fonds de dotation Synergie Solaire
There are substantial challenges to food security and vegetable production in Mongolia: a very short growing season (100/120 days), extremely cold and long winters (-20°C on average in December/January with a low of -40°C), poor soil quality and water scarcity, low investment capacity and weak agricultural knowledge.
The GERES project aims to develop, implement and mainstream 3 approaches:
- building Passive Solar Greenhouses
- building bioclimatic cellars to store vegetable crops
- setting up improved soil and water management techniques
It works in the peri-urban areas of Ulaanbaatar and the rural areas of Gobi Altai province. The introduction of passive solar greenhouses for vulnerable households in Mongolia has immediately raised keen interest among national/international organizations and the authorities. The need to increase vegetable production and reduce food insecurity means that this technology is key to the country's development. Dissemination of solar greenhouses, together with other food security programmes and the development of new projects, should be stepped up in 2011.