GARDENS FOR GROWTH INITIATIVE
A CHANCE FOR
The aim of this initiative is to provide families in rural Honduras with healthy food and to promote food security - because everyone has a right to eat.
We provide the families with the seeds, tools and knowledge to plant and maintain their own vegetable gardens. In this way, they benefit permanently from direct access to nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables.
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IN CONVERSATION: KAYA AND HER VEGTABLE GARDEN
Kaya lives in the rural village of Jalaca Abajo. She lives together in one house with her husband, children and grandchildren. She is very happy that she and her family can finally provide themselves with healthy food thanks to the vegetable garden.
promote food security in Honduras
give families permanent access to healthy food
improve the cognitive & physical development of children
create new income opportunities
provide lifelong skills for future generations
empower women with knowledge and resources to become more independent
HOW WE HELP TO STRENGTHEN FOOD SECURITY
Join Martina on an interactive tour and discover how the Gardens for Growth Initiative is changing her life and that of her family.
Martina receives the seeds and tools she needs to start her own vegetable garden for herself and her family.
In a workshop, she learns from agricultural expert Saul Domingues how best to plant and maintain the vegetable garden.
Over the course of an entire year, Saul regularly comes by for monthly consultations. He imparts further knowledge to Martina and answers any individual questions she may have.
Thanks to the garden, Martina and her family now have a permanent source of food, and can feed themselves with healthy fruit and vegetables such as carrots, courgettes and tomatoes. As a result, her children are less likely to be sick, can go to school regularly and thus build a better life for themselves in the long term.
In addition, Martina's self-esteem and social status in the community increases. By selling surplus vegetables, she can generate savings for her family. The interaction with other women strengthens the relationships and bonds within the community.
Best of all, the knowledge remains with Martina long after the project is over. She now has the tools and training to feed her family healthy food for the long haul and even earn a living.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE FACING HUNGER IN HONDURAS?
More than 2.2 million people in Honduras are affected by severe food insecurity in 2023.
Surveys in our rural partner communities revealed that 90 % of the inhabitants (young as well as old) suffer from malnutrition.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION?
Food insecurity and economic difficulties force people to eat less and settle for food of lower quality. The result: malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and hunger.
Malnutrition particularly affects the physical and cognitive development of children. They miss school due to illness, learn less and often drop out of school. This lack of education prevents the entire communities from developing sustainably.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUNGER
What do people in Honduras eat? In rural areas they live on home-grown corn and beans, which makes them extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Climate change brings about extreme heat and droughts throughout the year, and hurricanes in autumn. These weather extremes lead to crop failures and are thus the cause of hunger and food insecurity in Honduras.
MALNUTRITION IN HONDURAS
A CHANCE FOR EDUCATION
By growing their own vegetables, families can eat healthier - and avoid malnutrition in children. This improves their cognitive and physical abilities. They are less likely to miss school and their education improves - which is of course the basis for building a self-determined life in the long term.
RESILILIENCE AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
The Gardens for Growth Initiative helps people become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. They learn how to cope with droughts and make the soil more fertile with compost. Mixed crops of carrots, courgettes, tomatoes, lettuce and fruit reduce the risk of crop failure and increase the availability of food.
Culturally, women in rural Honduras are responsible for household chores and childcare. Although this is very important, it restricts their independence and access to education. For this reason, we have decided to make women our direct point of contact. In almost all gardens, the female head of household is responsible for the work. In this way, we strengthen their self-confidence and economic independence.
EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION
In addition to the 30 families involved, we teach students in two schools how to grow fruit and vegetables. This allows us to reach even more families, providing a practical education in how to supply their own food. The students learn about the importance of a healthy diet, feel better physically and see their produce thrive, which gives them pride and self-confidence.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN HONDURAS
The vegetable gardens also have a positive impact on the natural environment. On the one hand, they are an ecological and environmentally friendly approach to food production. On the other hand, they promote biodiversity and serve as a habitat for animals and other beneficial organisms.
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"It's great to see the enthusiasm of the families and how - step by step - they become self-sufficient with their vegetable garden."
Saul Domingues, Agricultural engineer and expert for vegetable gardens
To make the initiative as successful as possible, we have brought in one of the best agricultural experts in the region: Saul Domingues.
Our partnership with Saul ensures that the families receive ongoing support and guidance.
Saul visits the families monthly for individual consultations in their gardens. He shows them how to improve their harvesting skills - and how to sell their surplus produce to members of their community or even access the larger food markets in Talanga.
AGRICULTURAL EXPERT SAÚL DOMINGUES
This initiative was supported by the communities from the beginning. All members of the participating communities were invited to the first meetings, where we proposed our idea of helping to plant and maintain their own vegetable gardens. This idea was positively received and met with great interest.
At the start, we discussed the project with the families involved and asked for ideas. For example, the community members had preferences regarding the type of vegetables that we were happy to implement in the project.
The women compare their progress, share samples of their produce and listen with interest to the evaluation of each garden during consultations. These interactions around the gardens strengthen community bonds.