This year, only 10% of the needed fertiliser could be imported, which means that farmers will be able to harvest only an estimated 1/3 of the expected amount of wheat. An historic drought is predicted in the Middle East this year, which means the harvest will probably be even less. Amidst renewed attacks from ISIS, Rojava’s people are facing a great famine.
A crowdfunder has been set up to fund facilities for the production of organic fertiliser in Rojava from domestic vegetable waste, but it only has a few days left, and is short of the target:
Rojava is a territory in northern Syria inhabited by roughly 4 million Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Ezidis and many other ethnic minorities. After the outbreak of the Syrian civil war the people of Rojava set up a democratic self-administration and set in motion a social revolution based on the principles of stateless democracy, gender equality and ecology. Their self-defense units YPG made headlines in 2014 when they defended the city of Kobanê against a major Islamic State assault. The YPG are well-known for over a third of their fighters being women, organized as the women’s defense units YPJ. YPG and YPJ are the only force that continuously defeats IS and the Al-Nusra group, the USA have named them the “most effective boots on the ground” in the war against IS.
Rojava’s self-administration is secular and inclusive, respecting all ethnicities and religions. All offices are dual: one woman and one man. It’s probably the most democratic country in the world.