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Community food garden programme to alleviate poverty
Programmes Officer for Community Gardens Phindi Zungu
flanked by Ward 54 community garden and soup kitchen
beneficiaries.

COUNTLESS Ward 54 residents will benefit immensely from eThekwini Municipality’s food garden intervention which aims to alleviate poverty. In partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Municipality once again reaffirmed its commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty at an agricultural workshop held in Ward 54 Inanda C-Section on 12 September.

The City strongly believes that the establishment of community gardens is one way of addressing poverty and ensuring a sustainable livelihood. Supporting community gardens through establishing a market base for the supply of soup kitchens is another way of ensuring that communities participate in income generating activities and eradicate the poverty cycle. Programmes Officer for Community Gardens Phindi Zungu stressed the importance of teaching basic gardening skills to communities.

This, she said, will help ensure that residents actively participate in income generating activities. “We currently have 74 soup kitchens across the Municipality and our end goal is to ensure that the majority of our soup kitchens are supplied by community gardens which focus on harvesting cabbage, carrots, onions and potatoes. 

Therefore it is important that communities form gardening cooperatives as the City will not be purchasing from individuals.” To be successful farmers, KZN Department of Agriculture Production Scientist Nomphumelelo Mbatha advised resident to be constantly informed about the latest farming practices. “Farming is a very lucrative industry which can possibly rid our nation of poverty.

If you have the correct skills, you will be able to compete not only locally, but on a global scale.” Inanda Community Care Giver Thulisiwe Sosibo said community gardens and soup kitchens also make a positive impact on patients receiving chronic medication. She said: “Most of our patients receiving chronic medication are poverty stricken and cannot always afford a decent meal hence this programme goes a long way in saving lives.”

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