1000 sustainable gardens for Africa (Tomorrow is Greener / Slow Food / Terra Madre)

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Slow Food is helping schools, villages and communities in Africa grow fruits, vegetables and herbs using sustainable water management, fertilizing techniques and pest repellent. Already 1000 gardens are blooming across Africa. The project aims on sustainable farming, water conservation and protecting varieties of indigenous crops.

“A vegetable garden means healthy, local food for the community, the passing-on of knowledge from the old to the young, and a reinforced spirit of collaboration,” Slow Food writes in its manifesto about the “A Thousand Gardens in Africa” project, which is being organized under the auspices of its Terra Madre network of food communities.

The program builds on agricultural and educational projects already underway, including school gardens in Kenya, Uganda and Ivory Coast, where “vegetable plots are farmed sustainably, using composting techniques, natural treatments for pests, rational water use, local plant varieties and by inter-cropping fruit trees, vegetables, and medicinal herbs”:


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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