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Sustainable Gardening for Improved Student Diet/Health

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Case Study presentation: Sustainable Gardening for Improved Student Diet/Health
Ms. Mirriam Moonga, RCE Lusaka
11th Global RCE Conference
7-9 December, 2018
Cebu, the Philippines

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Sustainable Gardening for Improved Student Diet/Health

  1. 1. Mirriam Moonga Bernard Chileshe Sopani Ruth Muzumara RCE LUSAKA
  2. 2. 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 2, 12 GAP priority area: Empowering and mobilizing youths
  3. 3. 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 production
  4. 4. 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:
  5. 5. 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 1 5 ,0 0 0 R C E LUSA KA
  6. 6. Clinic Night Clubs Salons B U S I N E S S E S A T U N Z A Banks Restaurants Printing Facilities and Internet Cafes
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Distance to Nearest Market 1.42 km
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. of students have given distance to the market as a reason for their new vegetable and fruit purchasing and consumption patterns More than 95%
  11. 11. What Happens when you don't eat enough veggies and fruit? • Risk of Heart Disease • Constipation • Risks of Cancer • Hemorrhoids • Depression • Feelingtired • Weight Gain
  12. 12. 2016 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 vegetables . RCE Lu saka
  13. 13. Sack and Container Gardening: A Flagship project for RCE Lusaka as response to the challenge. Target group : Students on campus RCE Lu saka
  14. 14. 91.7 FM UNZA RADIO RCE Lusaka has been using radio as a means of educating communities on sustainable development. The Gardening Project is a way of scaling up RCE Activities and promoting a healthier diet and lifestyle.
  15. 15. 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).
  16. 16. Example of materials provided by Hivos
  17. 17. Partnerships in the project - HIVOS is involved in many other community projects E.g waste management and climate change.
  18. 18. Importance of Growing Your Own Vegetables •Ensures food security •Can be a source of income •Ensures pro-activeness •Can be a means of promoting sustainability if done organically. •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
  19. 19. of students interviewed say they would like to g row their ow n g a rdens, under the mentorship of RCE youths
  20. 20. WHY GROW I N SACKS AND CONTAINERS? Food Security Easy t o m a i n t a i nGreat for small spaces. R C E LU S A KA
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. 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 food. INA HORLINGS , 2016
  23. 23. References Kotecha P (exec. ed.), Wilson-Strydom M and Fongwa SM (eds) (2012) A Profile of Higher Education in Southern Africa – Volume 2: National Perspectives. Johannesburg: SARUA. von Grebmer, K; Bernstein, J; Nabarro, ; Prasai, N; Amin, S; Yohannes, ; Sonntag, A; Patterson, F; Towey, O; and Thompson, J. (2016). 2016 Global hunger index: Getting to zero hunger Bonn Washington, DC and Dublin: Welthungerhilfe, International Food Policy Research Institute, and Concern Worldwide. http://dx.doi.org/10.2499/9780896292260. Horlings, I (2016) Sacks of hope: Sack Gardening in Kibera slum (Kenya) as sustainable place- shaping. Rural Sociology Wageningen University. 9th March, 2016. https://ruralsociologywageningen.nl/2016/03/09/sacks-of-hope-sack-gardening-in-kibera-slum-kenya- as-sustainable-place-shaping/
  24. 24. QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ARE WELCOME R CE LU SA K A
  25. 25. T h a n k You!

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