Country’s largest University RCE Lusaka Operates from UNZA
UNZA is an academic community There are all these businesses except a place to buy vegetables and fruits from.
-Patients quarantined at the Heroes stadium
The condition of the market is also not conducive The women are vending at the roadside, which is mot safe.
Sustainable Gardening for Improved Student Diet/Health
Sopani Ruth Muzumara
11th Global RCE Conference- CEBU, Philippines
RCE name and country: RCE Lusaka - Zambia
RCE CHALLENGE: University students’ poor diet
RCE Educational strategy and response to challenge:
Promotion of growing potted vegetables
Link to SDGs and Targets: To ensure sustainable
production and consumption patterns addressing goals
GAP priority area: Empowering and mobilizing youths
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 12
Ensure sustainable consumption and production
patterns. TARGET: Support developing countries to
strengthen their scientific and technological capacity
to move towards more sustainable patterns of
consumption and production.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 2
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition
and promote sustainable agriculture. TARGET: By 2030,
ensure sustainable food production systems and implement
resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and
S U S T A I N A B L E
GA R D E N I N G
FOR IMP ROVED STUDENT DIET/ HEALTH
R C E LU S A KA .
RCE Lusaka Flagship Project:
S T U D E N T S A T T H EC U R R E N T L Y E N R O L L E D
U N I V E R S I T Y - regular
and distance students
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B U S I N E S S E S A T
U N Z A
Printing Facilities and
Over 4,200 cases in Lusaka alone
Over 70 Deaths recorded
All schools closed
No public gatherings allowed
No Street Vending
Vegetable Stands in UNZA were demolished
2017/2018 Cholera Outbreak
Distance to Nearest Market
•The distance to the market has affected how many
times students purchase their vegetables and fruit
•The basic Zambian diet has fresh vegetables which
are eaten with either Chicken, Fish or Beef
of students have given
distance to the market as a
reason for their new
vegetable and fruit
What Happens when you don't
eat enough veggies and fruit?
• Risk of Heart Disease
• Risks of Cancer
• Weight Gain
The 2016 Global Hunger Index reported Zambia
to be the 3rd hungriest country in the World.
High Malnutrition Levels
This can be attributed to a number of things
some of which are the high dependence
on maize in the Zambian diets as well as
insufficient vitamins from fruits and
RCE Lu saka
A Flagship project for RCE Lusaka
as response to the challenge. Target
group : Students on campus
RCE Lu saka
RCE Lusaka has been using
radio as a means of
educating communities on
The Gardening Project is a
way of scaling up RCE
Activities and promoting a
healthier diet and lifestyle.
Partnerships in the project - Hivos Zambia
• In September 2018, a pilot project of vertical gardening was
introduced by Hivos Zambia one of RCE Lusaka stakeholder (NGO)
•The project involves growing food in limited spaces.
•2 of the participants of this Vertical Gardening Project are
members of RCE Lusaka youth group.
• Hivos Zambia has provided all materials for use in the project.
• Materials include 32 sacks, 7 bags of black soil, 9 bags of chicken
manure, a watering can, gardening gloves, gardening tools and
seedlings (eggplants, rape, Chinese cabbage and onion).
Partnerships in the project - HIVOS is
involved in many other community
projects E.g waste management and
Importance of Growing Your Own
•Ensures food security
•Can be a source of income
•Can be a means of promoting sustainability if done
•Provides more nutrients from vegetables in the garden
•You are sure of the foods you are eating. Ensuring they
are safe and free from chemicals
interviewed say they would like
to g row their ow n g a rdens, under
the mentorship of RCE youths
WHY GROW I N SACKS AND CONTAINERS?
Food Security Easy t o m a i n t a i nGreat for small
R C E LU S A KA
R C E L U S A K A
S A C K S O F H O P E !
Kibera is Nairobi's largest slum settlement and one of the best examples of
successful urban agriculture.
Urban agriculture (UA) is becoming
more and more relevant in a world with
growing populations and increasing
depletion of natural resources. By 2020
an estimated 35-40 million urban
Africans will depend on UA for their
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QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
R CE LU SA K A