What triggered it
Many families rarely have fresh vegetables, even though quite a few households do grow seasonal vegetables and spices for their own consumption. Apparently, something goes wrong here in a structural way. What goes wrong, and how could they improve on this?
What did we do
DHARA mapped the opportunities these little bits of brackish land have to offer by way of food, money, saving, and biodiversity. Together with local residents they worked out a distinction in:
Short-term strategy: result within 4 months, in the form of products like beans and vegetables of the season
Middle-range strategy: harvest in 1 – 4 years, the the form of perennial vegetables and horticultural crops
Long-term strategy: harvest in 5 - 7 years, mainly in the form of timber
The backyards may also serve as strategic spaces for triggering the empowerment of women, as they gain experience in manageing resources, acquiring income, balanced nutrition of their families, and consciousness of biodiversity.
With and by the residents of a several villages backyards have been improved, a maintenance programme was set up, and the first crops were planted and harvested.
De Ziekenfondsbode, a Dutch fund for initiatives in the field of social health, sponsored this action with EUR 2.500, while EUR 750 was donated by acquaintances and friends.