By Supriya Kumar
In October 2010, Slow Food International undertook an ambitious project, called “A Thousand Gardens in Africa,” to create food gardens in every Terra Madre community in Africa. In early March 2011, thirteen national coordinators had their first training session at the University of Gastronomic Science in Italy to kick-start the project.
In the span of a week, the coordinators evaluated the need for food gardens in communities across the continent, and created guidelines for the project. During their meeting they discussed various management issues, including organic pesticides, training activities to promote traditional food gardens, and access to inputs, such as water and seeds.
At the end of the week, they returned to their respective countries–Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, and ten others– where they will work with local Slow Food convivia and other NGOs, to establish these gardens. The coordinators will come together again over the rest of the year to share ideas and monitor the projects’ progress.
To read more about community gardens helping to increase food security, see: Innovation of the Week: Cultivating Health, Community and Solidarity, Innovation of the Week: Enabling the Community to Help Itself, Innovation of the Week: Turning the School Yard into a Classroom and Our Man in Havana: Sustainable Agriculture Thrives in Cuba
Supriya Kumar is a communications associate with the Nourishing the Planet Project.
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