Our urban gardening projects promote the cultivation of fruits and vegetables in urban spaces, where space is limited, as a means of increasing access to nutritious food for vulnerable groups in the community, in particular pregnant women and children.
Developing diversified food production systems
Four crops (rice, wheat, corn and soy) represent 60 % of all calories consumed. The genetic diversity of these crops has reduced dramatically since farmers have become dependent on commercial seed suppliers. This very narrow genetic base for the world’s food production must be addressed as it has increased the risk of major crop failure caused by adverse weather events and pest / disease outbreaks.
Seeds for life exchange
Food security for poor rural communities is dependent upon access to crop varieties suited to the local environment. Access to sufficient seed of suitable varieties at the beginning of the planting season is critical for successful harvest.
Diversifying away from a reliance on annual crops by cultivating multipurpose trees that can access water and nutrients stored deep in the soil reduces the risk of crop failure while increasing the nutritive & economic value of the harvest. In addition to food, trees can also provide fodder for animals, fuel for cooking and timber for buildings.