Nutritional Gardening

Community gardening has long since been recognized as a means to enhance food security and improve nutrition in general and is thus an additional food source for times in the year when field crops are not grown. So therefore gardening tends to be seasonal from a cultural perspective, whereby field crops of maize, sorghum, groundnuts etc are the focus during the rainy season and gardening during the winter and dry months.

Photo 1. Harvest in a community garden

The Kariba REDD+ Project has provided support to a total of 24 gardens during the monitoring period under review with 7 of these being school gardens across the project area because agriculture is part of the teaching curriculum and previously it was a purely theoretical exercise without hand-on work. The support has been in the form of trainings, assorted seed packs (some gardens only received this once in 2015), wire for fencing, basic chemicals for pests, cement, 19 hand water pumps with piping, 4 large plastic water storage tanks, 4 drip irrigation kits etc. The most note-worthy achievement has been of a particular garden in Hurungwe called the Tashinga garden whose members have also been supporting 10 orphans with school fees from the sale of their produce.

Below is a breakdown of the gardens per district;

  • Binga – 637 beneficiaries including students from 2 schools. Recorded income generated from sale of produce $7,044.
  • Hurungwe – 1,085 Beneficiaries including students from 1 school. Recorded income generated from sale of produce $26,079.
  • Mbire – 446 beneficiaries including students from 1 school. Recorded income generated from sale of produce $9,750.
  • Nyaminyami – 654 beneficiaries including students from 3 schools. Recorded income generated from sale of produce $2,370.
This gives a total recorded income of $45,243 from February 2014 to June 2016 and an excess of 2,822 lives being positively impacted both directly and indirectly. Please, see Map 1 and Map 2 below for location of community gardens and Map 3 for distribution of beneficiaries on community gardens activities per ward.

Map 1. Location of community gardens in the Eastern part of the project

Map 2. Location of community gardens in the Western part of the project

Map 3. Distribution of beneficiaries of community gardens activities implemented per ward

Trainings were conducted by an organization called “Sustainable Agricultural Technologies” who provided the trainers and training material. Training was done at district level where a central location was used as a training center or base. In 2014, 3 separate 1 day trainings was carried out. In 2015, trainings consisted of a 3 day event per each activity and recorded as 1 single training event per activity, covering theory and field work.
A breakdown of the trainings per district as follows:

  • Binga – 4 trainings.
  • Hurungwe – 4 trainings.
  • Mbire – 4 trainings.
  • Nyaminyami - 4 trainings.

This gives a total of 16 trainings. Evidence of training on community garden is provided in the supporting documents. Additional evidence on trainings can be provided upon request.

Photo 2. Training on improved agriculture