Gardens help meet household food needs


Mauritania: Women rewarded with success in their attempts to grow vegetables in the middle of the desert
FAO/11667/J. Van Acker


Even in dry areas, gardening for food is possible using appropriate soil management and inexpensive but effective solutions for harvesting and storing water. Even a small plot of land (100 square metres), if well managed, can make a substantial contribution towards meeting household food needs and improving nutrition.

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  • Ecuador: Children in school vegetable garden tending lettuce
  • China: Farmer at the local market selling cauliflower and spinach from baskets strapped to his motorbike
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