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Social Development International is teaming up with the department of agriculture biz, university of Buea, to establish a seedling nursery in the community of Buea and help 50 families create home vegetable gardens yearly. The project will help provide diversity to the diets of families to improve nutritional status and reduce malnutrition. it will also open up new economic opportunities as they can receive training and sell excess vegetables and vegetable products in nearby cities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
There are few economic opportunities in Buea so many are left with farming as a source of income. Family nutrition is poor and unvaried, and many families lack a balanced diet which will lead to long term health problems. New economic opportunities, nutrition education and awareness are needed in the community of Buea to address food security,nutrition and new farming techniques. Buea soil is fertile and farmers find it easy to plant horticultural crops.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will fund 50 family gardens and technical
training over 2 years. The community members, especially the women, of
Buea are eager to learn about food and nutrition and how to farm
efficiently. The community has a plot of land where SDI can set up the
nursery and community garden, which will also be used as a training
site. Compost and seeds will initially be provided to each family but
they will also receive training on making their own compost, managing
seedlings and other vegetables
Potential Long Term Impact
The hope is that this project will enhance the living
conditions in Buea by not only improving nutritional status and
education, but also augmenting family income. The families will receive
training in value-added activities and marketing so that excess
vegetables can be processed and sold at the local market in Buea,
providing new revenue sources. With this knowledge and training, they
can continue to produce vegetables successfully for many years.
"The communities in Buea have the power to make better food choices to improve their health and this is reflected through their eagerness to learn these new concepts". - Monica Montalti, Nutritionist Volunteer.