The World Vegetable Center’s approach to household gardening for nutrition
This publication (PDF) by the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) aims to articulate their approach to household gardening based on experience and published evidence of what works. The World Vegetable Center is committed to alleviating poverty and malnutrition in the developing world through the increased production and consumption of nutritious and health-promoting vegetables. Household gardening is an age-old practice to supply a diverse range of fruit and vegetables to the home, but its potential has yet to be fully exploited. The Center’s approach aims to address important gaps in the optimal design of household garden interventions. The publication covers all relevant aspects including intervention design, impact evaluation and the approach to form partnerships to deploy household gardens at scale. It also defines the role of the World Vegetable Center as a research organization in this area and lists the relevant research questions that need to be addressed. Some of the key knowledge gaps surrounding household garden interventions that have been identified include: Do household garden interventions improve the nutritional status of those household members most vulnerable to micronutrient deficiencies? And: what are the most effective and efficient models for scaling household garden interventions leading to sustainable impact?