December,1,2022 | News

Barbuda receives an upgraded community garden

 

 

 

The Be Foundation a community based organisation located in Barbuda is now the recipient of an upgraded community garden – equipped to produce a variety of high valued vegetables.

 

This project “Innovative Interventions to Strengthen BeFoundation Community Garden in Barbuda” was financed by the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) and implemented by a number of locally based institutions including: the Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), CARDI, the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs and the Barbuda Council.

 

Through this project a drip irrigation system, fertilizer injector and biodegradable mulches were installed, the shade house was upgraded and a utility room constructed.

 

CARDI also conducted several training sessions for the group on soil and water management and good agricultural practices. The Institute further provided technical support for the construction of the shade house and the installation of the irrigation system.

Barbuda imports over 85% of their food from Antigua through the USA. This community based initiative produces food for the community with surplus going to vulnerable persons. It emphasizes the themes ‘sustainable production’ and ‘grow local, eat local’.

 

The project partners note that farmers and students from the neighbouring schools can visit the site to view the improved technologies and adopt them to improve their own production. The project also supports women inclusion. The team will also continue to lend their support and offer technical advice to the Foundation on areas such as good agricultural practices and pest and disease management.

 

The goal is to reduce Barbuda’s food import bill by supporting local.

 

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program through which the Australian Government supports development projects that contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

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