Bani is a local farmer from Malampa province in Vanuatu who struggled to make a living for his family.
“I constructed home gardens near our kitchen and sleeping houses before, but the sun choked the plants and the gardens did not last long because of the sandy soil here,” Bani said. “I was sad to see my vegetables dying from hot sun.”
Through training from ADRA Australia, Bani learned new skills and knowledge in recycling grey water from the kitchen, and utilising compost and mulch in his gardens.
The Livelihood Empowerment and Family Food Security (LEAFFS) project in Vanuatu has been improving the food security of communities in rural and urban Vanuatu. By building the capacity of farmers and community members in sustainable agriculture techniques, the project has maximised food production, ensuring increased food security in the long-term.
“I’m very happy and proud of my home garden, especially when other people from nearby communities admire it,” Bani said.
It helps him provide more nutritious meals for his family, too.
“I can easily get fresh cabbage and beans to cook for my family even late at night. It is helping us to have better meals.”
Through the LEAFFS project, local farmers have accessed increased training in efficient gardening techniques, increasing the availability of locally produced foods.
ADRA Australia receives support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).