Urban gardening improves the environment in cities: experts at a seminar

Urban gardening has an important role to play in improving the economy, environment and health of cities in Bangladesh, experts said at a seminar today.

It reduces poverty and food insecurity resulting from urbanization, improves the health of city dwellers and preserves the environment, they said.

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Urban gardening enables low-income families to meet their needs for vitamins, minerals and plant protein by giving them direct access to fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables every day, the experts added.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) through its Dhaka Food System Project has trained and provided resources to 440 community members across the capital to help them grow their own produce. .

Almost all of the interns were women.

Brac, the Platform for Community Action and Architecture (POCAA), Proshika and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), FAO co-hosted the seminar at the KIB Convention Hall in Dhaka on the role of urban gardening in reducing food and nutrition insecurity in urban areas.

“Urban gardening has been a great success in the communities we have supported with the training and has the potential to improve the lives of many more poor people across Dhaka, as well as in other cities in Bangladesh,” said John Taylor, FAO Chief Technical Advisor. Dhaka Food System Project.

“Not only can families in poor communities eat nutritious food, they can also earn money by selling their produce. In addition, urban gardening offers health, therapeutic and environmental benefits, and can also strengthen community bonds. “

Terri S. Tomasini