Backyard gardening initiatives in our region can help to enhance food security at a household level, backyard gardening is simply growing healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs at home in any way that you can.
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) in partnership with the HCC Childhood Obesity Prevention Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Action Team is launching the backyard gardening initiative which aims to promote this practice by providing helpful tips and a platform to showcase backyard gardening initiatives from CSOs across the region.
Our region has been making commendable strides toward prioritizing food security, from Government-funded injections into agricultural sectors, to private and public collaborations to distribute seedlings to interested backyard gardeners. These examples are part of the whole of society approach needed to strengthen our region’s food system. Read more
The British Virgin Islands Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture recently launched a backyard gardening initiative “Garden to Plate – Feed Yourself, Feed your Community”. The competition seeks to encourage outdoor activity, household nutrition and foster food security while promoting sustainable agricultural practices. Read more
The National Tree Planting Project Barbados in association with the Innotech Group of Companies, the NCC and Capital Media HD 99.3 has already begun distributing over 3000 free fruit trees to local households to encourage family time and ultimately contribute to food security in Barbados. Read more
Dr. Williamson Chea and his wife, Dr. Christine Chin, in Nassau, Bahamas have taken on the challenge of supporting sustainable food practices by the reins by nurturing their backyard garden and sharing their expertise and seeds. Dr. Chea is the President of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas. Read more
The Ministry of Agriculture, Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society and The Farmer’s Forum collaborated to plant 35,000 seeds to support the National Food Security Initiative. Part of this initiative is in an effort to help approximately 7000 households. Read more
Including: Gardening for Good Mental Health, Improving Our Health and Wellbeing Through Gardening: How I got started, An Introduction, Fruit Trees, Growing Peppers, Growing Okra,Growing Tomatoes.