Solving Hidden Hunger One Tiny Backyard Food Garden at a Time

by | Apr 2, 2019 | Sustainable Living | 0 comments

Hidden Hunger backyard food gardenHidden hunger (micronutrient deficiencies) plagues a staggering two billion people in the world.

That means one in three people are deprived of the essential vitamins and minerals necessary to keep the human body alive and healthy.

While highest in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, South Africa is no stranger to the silent epidemic.

According to Reliefweb, half the population is at risk of hunger, despite the country producing more than enough food. Hidden hunger isn’t just about being adequately nourished, however.

As Reliefweb points out, it also ‘strips away dignity, perpetuates inequality and destroys South Africans’ potential to prosper.’

Soil for Life Tackles Hidden Hunger

Between high unemployment rates and rising inflation, putting food on the table has become prohibitive for many South Africans. One local non-profit is working to change that.

Soil for Life believes everyone has the potential to grow nutritious food, with whatever resources they have available.

Since their inception in 2002 the organisation has helped thousands of people in resource poor communities to develop productive and sustainable backyard food gardens.

Between 2009 and 2017 they trained 4,630 people in low-income areas as home food gardeners. On average, each gardener is part of a household of six, thus making a positive impact in the lives of over 27, 780 people.

Not content to stop there, Soil for Life is also sharing valuable information about health and nutrition and equipping their beneficiaries with the knowledge and tools to live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.

Backyard Food Gardens in Action

hidden hunger backyard food gardenPhoto Credit: Soil for Life

Thanks to Soil for Life’s programmes, tiny green islands are sprouting up in what were once bleak and barren environments. As the number of people they train increases, so too does their impact in these communities.

Learning how to use waste, grow their own food, prepare nutritious meals and live a healthier life is only a small part of it.

Residents are reconnecting with the earth and their fellow man. There’s a growing sense of goodwill towards others and a genuine interest in improving and protecting the environment.

Soil for Life is more than living up to their motto of changing the world, one garden and one person at a time.

Show Some Love

Like any non-profit, Soil for Love can always use a little help to keep doing what they’re doing. If you’re in the market for a seva opportunity, there are lots of options to choose from with these guys.

This week they’re also hosting their first ever Pop Up at Soil for Life from 4-6 April. Featuring locally made and sustainable decor, homeware, skincare, fashion and freshly prepared vegan food and refreshments, it promises to be a fun morning out for families and hippies alike.

You can also stock up on freshly picked organic veggies and herbs. Yum. Plus, we’ll be there on Friday! You know, in case you want to rub shoulders with us.

Oh come on, you know you do.

Check out Soil for Life’s website to see what other opportunities they have to get involved. You can volunteer your time and skills, donate money, take part in their events and spend your bucks at their shop, nursery and garden.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to stay abreast with what they’re up to.

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