1,000 Women’s Gardens for Health and Nutrition

1,000 Women's Gardens for Health and Nutrition

PROGRAM NAME

1,000 Women’s Gardens for Health and Nutrition

Funded By

Individual Donors on GlobalGiving.org
Collaborative research with University of California, Berkeley and Mountains of the Moon University

STATUS

Ongoing

TIMEFRAME

March 2019 – Present

POPULATION

6000 Women

CHALLENGE & OBJECTIVE

The program aims to help and empower female households to cultivate 7 local vegetables so they have access to healthy nutrition and an avenue to generate income for their families. In Kasese District, 85% of households make a living as subsistence farmers on degraded land and hunger and malnutrition are chronic issues. Over 40% of children 5-59 months old are stunted and 13% are wasted (lose their lives). Women are the main farmers of food but need support to improve crop diversity and productivity. Other women lack access to land but can garden collectively. Better nutrition is essential for improving the health status of children and school performance.

ACTIONS TAKEN BY RCRA

  • Establishment of kitchen gardens practicing regenerative agriculture
  • Nutrition education and assessment
  • Graduation of better preforming households and enrolment of new beneficiaries
  • Procurement of seedling and project tools/vehicle
  • Training and continuous household mentorship on the kitchen garden maintenance and sustainability

RESULTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Provided a partnership model of effective support for home and community gardens for replication and scaling-up throughout Uganda
  • Women-managed gardens empower women to feed their families, earn income, reduce domestic tension and, eventually, command community respect