Development in Gardening projects enable vulnerable and HIV affected communities to meet their own needs and improve their well-being through nutrition sensitive and sustainable agriculture
DIG employs the Farmer Field School extension model to reach out to vulnerable, HIV affected and at risk populations. The purpose of the program is to enable the communities to practice sustainable agriculture for improved nutrition, food security, climate resilience and household income.
This project funded by Development in Gardening (DIG) whose objective is to improve the health and Nutrition of HIV affected and at risk populations through sustainable agricultural practices. The Program has 3 main projects
- Farmer Field School Project: This project reaches out to communities with practical trainings on sustainable agriculture practices, financial education which include SILC/Table banking, nutrition and farming as a business. Currently the project has 9 FFS in Homa Bay and has worked with over 30 groups in Migori County ( Rongo, Awendo and Uriri Sub- Counties). The project works with community based field facilitators to reach out to the groups.
- The Priority household project focuses on improving the health of undernourished under five, this is on a referral basis with Marindi sub-district Hospital in Homa Bay. The approach used is that upon reaching the hospital, (either alone or on referral by CHV) the child is observed by the hospital nutritionist and child is put on ready-to-use therapeutic food supplements by the hospital, then project assists the household develop a diversified garden, conduct an in depth one on one training on nutrition, conduct mentoring on business development, WASH and record keeping. The project works with community based mentor mothers to achieve its objectives. This year the project has had 12 referrals of which 6 have graduated.
- Value addition and Marketing: Focuses on value addition of Moringa and Hibiscus as an IGA for the households.
Key Benefits of the Project
The program enables communities to practice sustainable agriculture for improved nutrition, food security, climate resilience and household income.