Kitchen Garden Guidelines

Summary:

Kitchen Gardens are the launching point for directly addressing agriculture’s role in improving nutritional outcomes at household level through two critical pathways: own production – own consumption and female empowerment. Gardens around the home are traditionally managed by women and serve as the most direct and daily source for complementary foods to staple crops grown in their field plots. The aim is to address dietary diversity through the promotion of a direct food source next to the kitchen.

In this report Agri-TAF argues that the current kitchen garden programme strategy and measures of impact are not yet sufficiently translating into improved dietary diversity and nutritional outcomes. One part of the solution is developing these guidelines as an important first step to ensure resources and key messages clearly address the issue of malnutrition. The emphasis shifts from a focus of prescriptive gardens to one of incremental change within existing homelot food systems by identifying and promoting specific groups of crops to solve specific dietary gaps.