Learning climate-resilient agriculture techniques
On a remote island in Makira, community members attended a three-day training – facilitated by World Vision – with Kastom Gaden Association in 2015. They learnt about preparing seedlings, cultivating the soil and implementing climate-resilient techniques, such as crop rotation and mulching.
The community garden started through the project is now thriving with beans, salad, slippery cabbage and cassava. Participants are also continuing to apply this knowledge in their own gardens.
Jacob used to plant everything in his garden together. His plants would get tangled and didn’t grow well. Through the training, he learnt how to organise his crops. For example, he now plants all his root crops in the same plot, which has seen them grow bigger and healthier.
Jacob also learnt how to make organic compost by mixing coconut husks with soil. He received pumpkin seeds through the training and now sells them on a small scale in the village.
The project has made a big difference for Jacob’s wife Annie and their three children. “Before, I used to get hungry,” Annie says. “But now I never go hungry because I have these greens and vegetables to support the root crops that we have.”
Annie says it’s also helped her add variety to her children’s diets. She can feed their baby son Custy pumpkin and cabbage, sometimes mixed with fish when Jacob goes fishing.
As well as being more plentiful, nutritious food is available throughout the year due to different harvest times for each crop.