New school garden project in Tanzania: Home-grown vegetables to combat malnutrition

Malnutrition remains widespread in Tanzania. While more than two-thirds of Tanzania's population is engaged in agriculture, the agricultural sector is underdeveloped and crisis-prone. Reasons include a lack of agricultural knowledge and unsustainable farming practices. The result: environmental degradation, erosion and loss of soil fertility. The situation is massively exacerbated by increasing droughts as a result of climate change.

In addition, many people are not aware of how important a healthy and balanced diet is for healthy development. School lunches in Tanzania are also generally very one-sided. The main food is the typical maize porridge (ugali) with a bean sauce. Other vegetables and fruits are only available in very small portions, if at all.

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School gardens against malnutrition and for a better future

Organic school gardens offer several opportunities: They fight malnutrition by providing healthier and more balanced school meals and they open up interesting future perspectives for the students by teaching them organic gardening in theory and practice while they are still at school. With Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), PROBONO has found a local cooperation partner that is a pioneer in organic agriculture in Tanzania and has a lot of experience with projects at schools.

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Pilot Project: Ecological School Garden at Kiluvya School

At Kiluvya School near Dar es Salaam, PROBONO has just started a first school garden project together with SAT. After an intensive one-week training of the teachers in theory and practice of organic gardening at SAT's model farm, a school garden was subsequently planted at Kiluvya School. The students were actively involved in the process. With great dedication, they dug up the soil, created beds and sowed the first seeds, including spinach, Chinese cabbage, eggplant and amaranth. They learned how to make compost, organic fertilizer and biological pesticides, how to keep moisture in the soil and how to strengthen plant health. Now the kids and teens are really looking forward to their first homegrown vegetables!

Our heartfelt thanks go to Hazera Seeds Germany and all other donors for their financial support!

For the expansion of the project we need support - we are very happy about your donations!