Ian Horne is a nutritionist with an interest in rural development and currently works with Tearfund as Desk Officer for the Andean Region. Warmikunam Cristianas Trabajaykan works with indigenous groups in northern Peru. They have found home garden projects useful for empowering women and developing more effective local organisations. This work may lead to commercial production and the processing of garden produce to raise extra income. Such projects contribute to broader community development and solidarity. When choosing suitable vegetables, study the diet of poor families with good health.
Back in the 1970s few gardeners, if any, grew garlic, French beans or artichokes – and certainly not figs. But as we’ve increasingly adopted a taste for a Mediterranean diet, our veg and fruit selection has become more adventurous. The leaves and fruits of many trees can make a vital contribution to family nutrition. Plant them in corners of the garden where … Read MoreRead More »