Bumper harvest for Swakop’s urban garden

04 November 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

The first harvest from the Swakopmund municipal garden under the Build Back Better (BBB) urban agriculture project took place last week.

According to a statement issued by Blueberry Communications, the bountiful harvest highlights that the BBB urban agriculture project is an excellent example of a transformative approach to food production that meets the needs of consumers and farmers.

The project is the brainchild of a multi-stakeholder partnership that includes the Japan, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Namibia, the Swakopmund municipality, and the agriculture ministry.

Swakopmund mayor Louisa Kativa congratulated the programme facilitators and the 30 beneficiaries on their first harvest.

Kativa said the harvest was a “true testament of hard work, dedication and patience”.

Sustainable

The Swakopmund municipal garden makes use of greenhouses and raised beds.

“The adoption of greenhouses and raised beds were needed to mitigate the adverse environmental and climate conditions in the coastal region through the BBB urban agriculture project funded by the government of Japan.”

The statement says these innovative urban farming solutions provide a fully controlled environment, using minimal water and energy per square foot.

“This approach has enabled the production of leafy greens, bulbous vegetables and herbs. Currently, 30 beneficiaries, including women, youth and vulnerable persons, are directly benefiting from this garden and plans are already in full gear to scale up operations.”

The Build Back Better urban agriculture project is also implementing similar multi-faceted interventions in the Kavango, Khomas and Hardap regions.

These interventions are focused on capacitating the production of horticultural crops that address nutritional deficiencies affecting urban communities. Beneficiaries of the Build Back Better programme include women, youth and vulnerable persons.

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