Home gardens and fishponds for nourishment and empowerment

Home gardens and fishponds for nourishment and empowerment

This story of change is about the impact of the Alleviation of Poverty and Malnutrition project led by the Swaminathan Research Foundation. The project aims to enhance food and nutrition security, and the income of marginal, small and landless tribal communities in agro-biodiversity hotspots in India.

Key messages from this brief include:

  • In three Indian ‘agro-biodiversity hotspots’, home gardens are providing households with up to 135kg of legumes, vegetables, tubers, leafy greens and gourds per year. This is more than double the quantity of vegetables that families were previously buying in local markets.
  • Households with home gardens have access to more nutritious and more diverse food, have reduced their reliance on local markets and share more food with others than non- participating households.
  • Women have gained more self- conidence and decision making power through their management role in home gardens.
  • Communities have adopted ish farming in local water bodies, generating a new source of animal protein.
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