Waste stream Management and its link to food and nutrition security

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Waste stream Management and its link to food and nutrition security

Xavier Ecoville is a 5 hectare resettlement site donated by Xavier University intended for the 550households Typhon Washi (locally known as Sendong) survivors. The Xavier Ecoville Community is assisted in becoming cohesive and self-reliant capable of initiating and sustaining projects or activities which respond to family and community needs through effective mobilisation and utilisation of resources. It is also envisioned that the Xavier Ecoville community will be developed into an eco-friendly community, thus, friendly agreements among and between the camp management team and its cluster and the residents that they have to follow with the guidelines articulated once they decided to stay in Xavier Ecoville. One of the agreements, is to practice solid waste segregation at source and to plant any vegetable in their backyard (vacant space near their bunkhouses) plus there is a communal garden (around 1.5mx5m dimension of one plot or bed for every 5-families), in order to support the food and nutrition needed by the community rather than depending on purchasing the vegetables from the market.

Each bunkhouse (10households) is provided with segregation bins where they separated the biodegradables, recyclables, and residuals. The recyclables accumulated were sold at the nearby junkshops just adjacent to the Xavier Ecoville, while the residuals are regularly collected by the garbage collectors (Local Gorvernment Unit (LGU) garbage collector), and the biodegradable goes to the compost pit as additional substrate for urine composting and vermicomposting.

On the other hand, Xavier Ecoville is also equipped with male urinals in every male toilet structure as well as ecosan toilet/UDDT (Urine Diversion Dehydration Toilet). The urine collected from the male urinal is added to the accumulated biodegradable wastes for urine composting and or stored in the big urine storage tank and after one month of storage, it is used as fertilizer in the communal garden managed by SuSan center in Xavier Ecoville.

It is very evident from the experience in Xavier Ecoville that in building resilience after the disaster, it is possible to integrate waste stream management and linking it into food and nutrition security since, residents in the Xavier Ecoville temporary shelter were already enjoying the harvest from their gardens.

On the other hand, faecal material collected from the UDDT were collected, stored and vermicomposted for treatment, and later applied as soil conditioner for agricultural purposes.

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