Student Micro-gardening Successes in The Gambia

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Student Micro-gardening Successes in The Gambia

The GAMHORT Micro-gardening program focuses on nutrition and income generation for the poor in urban and peri-urban areas and communities in The Gambia. Program participants are schoolchildren, disabled persons, people living with HIV/AIDS, and underemployed youth and women. They grow a variety of vegetables on table tops, using a new soilless production technology called micro-gardening. They improve their health by consuming these vegetables, and sell excess produce to tourist hotels for income.

Micro-gardening techniques and supplies have been adapted to what’s available locally to lower the cost, such as using a  rich growth medium made from plentiful groundnut (peanut) shells and two commercially available organic fertilizers or chicken manure. The height of the tables protects the crops from animal damage and puts them within easy reach of children, the elderly, and people with disabilities who cultivate them.

Some of the program’s greatest successes have taken place in schools that previously used in-ground gardening techniques to teach and feed their students, with mixed results. Microgardening yields are typically 3 times greater than conventional. Schools in the pilot program are pleased to be able to feed their students while attracting the young  students’ interest and teaching them practical agricultural skills for the future.

One of the schools ordered another 20 tables after its successful pilot program on five tables, and another increased to 25 tables with its own money, a great testimony to the results the students achieved.

The Gambia GAMHORT program works in 5 communities with 150 households, impacting 760 individuals

 

03/06/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment