The World Vegetable Center’s Approach to Household Gardening for Nutrition
The World Vegetable Center is committed to alleviating poverty and malnutrition in the developing world through the increased production and consumption of nutritious and health-promoting vegetables. Household gardening is an age-old practice to supply a diverse range of fruit and vegetables to the home, but its potential has yet to be fully exploited.
Targeted interventions to optimize household garden production and consumption practices show great potential to reduce malnutrition. The World Vegetable Center has been involved in household gardening since the 1970s and has accrued a wealth of practical experience from various locations, crops, production systems and target groups.
The approach presented in this document is based on our experience and available evidence. It defines the World Vegetable Center’s approach to household gardening, emphasizing three synergistic components of gardening, nutrition and health, and support systems. The document will be an important means of communicating our approach to partners, donors, and collaborators, and it will also facilitate learning as an organization. In that sense, I expect the document to be updated periodically to reflect new experiences and incorporate new evidence of what works, and what doesn’t.