One Home, One Garden - from Food Relief to Food Security
The Western Cape Government's ‘One Home, One Garden’ Campaign is gaining momentum across the Province with a total of 1371 food gardens established over the past two months.
Last week 433 gardens were established in the Metro with 123 of them being in Gugulethu.
Other areas that have benefitted include Riversdale, Groot Brak, Thembalethu, Nduli, Bella Vista and DuNoon, amongst others.
Commenting on the ‘One Home One Garden’ Initiative, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer said:
“One of my key priorities for agriculture is farmer support and development. The One Home, One Garden initiative is in line with our support for subsistence farmers.
“Through our food security and humanitarian response, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture supports access to affordable and diverse food. By encouraging communities and households to establish food gardens, we are shifting the focus from food relief to food security”, adds Meyer.
Food production units come in the form of vegetable gardens or a chicken house.
Meyer continues: “A garden size of 20m² can provide salads, cabbage, onion, beetroot and beans during Autumn and broccoli, spinach, carrots, turnip, and peas during Spring.
Similarly, a chicken house consisting of four to six chickens provides a family with six to eight eggs per day and much-needed protein.”
The WCDOA aims to develop a further 450 food gardens over the next few weeks targeting the Covid-19 Hotpot in the Province.
“The goal is to assist households to be able to produce enough food to meet basic household food security needs throughout the year. Income can be earned from the selling of surplus produce” concluded Meyer.