Demonstrations of micro-gardens are organized under the project "Hortivar". A micro-garden is a small garden for the cultivation of a wide range of food plants in a small space with little water. Thanks to this, a family has every day, for every meal, fresh vegetables with high nutritional value to meet the need for vitamins, essential minerals and proteins. Women and men can diversify the food supply of the family and generate income by selling the surplus. The investment required is very small and micro-gardens can be built using local materials. The work required is minimal and does not overburden women. School children, including those of the "upgrading schools" in Niger, play while building their micro-gardens, and benefit from it as they take home their produce (mint, tomatoes, onions, etc).
On the occasion of the Knowledge Fair, four training sessions and practical work on micro-gardens were held for some 25 beneficiaries per session, mostly women. These interactive training sessions enabled participants to discover for themselves the benefits of micro-gardens. For more information: "Micro-gardens at the Knowledge Share Fair in Niamey" (Bulletin Dimitra 19, page 6).
Manual - "Les micro-jardins du Sénégal" (FAO 2010, in French)
Album: Niger-Micro-jardins à Dosso
FAO's approach: With micro-gardens, urban poor "grow their own"
Factsheet: With micro-gardens, urban poor "grow their own". (FAO 2010)