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Sustainable Gardening: For Improved Student Health

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Sustainable Gardening: For Improved Student Health
Sopani Muzumara, RCE Lusaka
8th African RCE Meeting
8-10 August, 2018, Zomba, Malawi

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Sustainable Gardening: For Improved Student Health

  1. 1. RCE LUSAKA Mrs. Mirriam Moonga- RCE Cordinator Mr. Bernard Chileshe Sopani Ruth Muzumara
  2. 2. S U S T A I N A B L E GA R D E N I N G : FOR IMP ROVED STUDENT HEALTH R C E LU S A KA . 8th AFRICAN RCE MEETING. ZOMBA, MALAWI.
  3. 3. 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 1 5 ,0 0 0 R C E LUSA KA
  4. 4. Clinic Night Club Salon B U S I N E S S E S A T U N Z A Banks Restaurants Printing Facilities and Internet Cafes
  5. 5. Over 4200 cases in Lusaka alone Over 70 deaths School Calendar Disturbed Churches Closed No Street Vending Vegetable Stands in UNZA are demolished 2017/2018 Cholera Outbreak
  6. 6. Distance to Nearest Market 1.42 km
  7. 7. 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 and is eaten with a meat either Chicken, Fish or Beef
  8. 8. of students have given distance to the market as a reason for their new vegetable and fruit purchasing and consumption patterns More than 95%
  9. 9. What Happens when you don't eat enough veggies and fruit? • Risk of Heart Diseasee • Constipation • Risks of Cancer are High • Hemorrhoids • Depression • You feeltired • Weight Gain
  10. 10. 2016 According to the 2016 Global Hunger Index, Zambia was reported 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
  11. 11. Sack and Container Gardening: A Flagship project for RCE Lusaka RCE Lu saka
  12. 12. 91.7FM UNZA RADIO RCE Lusaka has been using radio as a means of educating for Sustainable Development. The Gardening Project is a way of scaling up RCE Activities and promoting a healthier lifestyle.
  13. 13. Importance of Growing Your Own Vegetables •Food Security •Can be a source of income •Ensures Pro-activeness •If done organically, can be a means of promoting sustainability •More nutrients from vegetables in the garden •You are aware of the foods are ating. Ensuring they are safe from chemicals
  14. 14. of students interviewed say t hey would lik e to grow their own garden
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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/
  19. 19. QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ARE WELCOME R CE LU SA K A
  20. 20. T h a n k You!

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