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    A Vegetable Garden for All
    Manual “A Vegetable Garden for All" 5th edition
    2014
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    A Vegetable Garden for All is a self-instruction manual in family horticultural production, prepared originally by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, in support of the Technical Cooperation Network for Food Production. The objective of this manual is to present a technology suitable for family horticultural production and consumption. It is a manual for small-scale farmers, school teachers, children, and urban and peri-urban families with access to small plots of land. Better nutrition and better incomes can be achieved through families working in horticultural production. The Manual was first issued in 1990, and was used by several programmes, institutions and farmers’ groups. The second edition (2002) was focused on increasing food security and providing a balanced diet to disadvantaged farmers and peri-urban populations in Central America, within the framework of the Special Programme for Food Se curity (SPFS/PESA). This expanded, third edition (2009) has been developed within the framework FAO/MANA as an activity of project UTF/COL/027/COL. It provides a practical, methodological guide for setting up family gardens for the production of nutritious, safe food crops, thatcrops that would contribute fibres, minerals and vitamins to the diets of populations affected by food insecurity. It is a useful tool for all projects that work to improve the food security of rural, urban and peri- urban families. This 5th edition (2013) has been developed within the framework of the Zero-Hunger Challenge (ZHC) in the Caribbean. It is adapted to Caribbean conditions, using experiences from the ZHC pilot in Antigua and Barbuda during 2013.
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    Policy Brief. Combatting micronutrient deficiencies through home gardens in Sri Lanka 2019
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    Vegetables and fruits are rich in micronutrients, which are essential to maintain optimal health and for growth and development. Despite their significance, in Sri Lanka, the average consumption of fruits and vegetables is lower than the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) minimum recommendations. Inadequate availability of micronutrient-rich food at affordable prices is cited as the key reason for low micronutrient intake levels in Sri Lanka. An avenue to enhance consumption of fruits and vegetables is through home gardens. Several studies have highlighted the key role of home gardens in enhancing food security by providing direct access to a variety of nutritionally rich foods, as well as employment and income generation opportunities to households. In Sri Lanka, many crops in existing home gardens are under-utilized, meaning that these species are not widely grown, rarely found in the market and not cultivated commercially, yet are low maintenance, climate resistant and contain high amounts of micronutrients. In this respect, this policy brief suggests that promoting cultivation, harvesting and consumption of these under-utilized food crops in home gardens is a feasible strategy to sustainably reduce micronutrient deficiencies persistent in the Sri Lankan population.
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    Home gardens key to improved nutritional well-being 2006
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    FAO recognizes that healthy, well-nourished people are both the outcome of successful social and economic development and constitute an essential input to the development process. Achieving nutrition related goals requires that national and sectoral development policies and programmes are complemented by effective community-based action aimed at improving household food security and promoting the year-round consumption of nutritionally adequate diets. These activities are being actively pursued by FAO as part of its field programme. This report provides an account of one such pilot project in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The objective was to promote integrated home gardening, including small livestock and aquaculture. The project activities targeted poor and food-insecure families with under-five-year-old children with moderate or severe undernourishment. Post-project evaluations found increased production of vegetables, fruits, poultry and fish among the targeted households a nd a decline in the rates of undernutrition in children under five years of age. The project demonstrates an effective and sustainable method for improving nutritional standards of low income rural families through integrated household food production, which can be extended to the national level.

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