Background

A total of 550 Sq m land is available to the AIT community. The project supports the community with land preparation and irrigation system; and provides necessary farming trainings. In addition, the project also supplies planting materials such as seeds, composts, etc., to the participating groups.

The project focuses on homestead gardening. Each group manages their allocated piece of land, which is approximately 40 meter square. The community members participate in the whole value chain – including soil preparation, planting, maintaining, harvesting, storing and marketing. The crops and the fish will be sold at the market on site, which is expected to generate income thus ensuring the long-term sustainability of the model.

The community runs the project through a participatory management approach where they make the decision on what to grow, how to maintain the homestead garden, select the price of the produce, manage funds for the maintenance and replacement of equipment, and make future decisions.

METHODOLOGY

Community engagement

Meetings and Trainings

Farming Activities and Outputs

ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY

Farming has transformed the community to be more self-reliant. A rewarding journey to those who are into locally grown food, who enjoy working in outdoors and able to connect with a diverse group of individuals who shared a common goal – sustainable living and environmental stewardship.

A collaborative effort between students and staff coming from 11 countries (India, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam), a total of 13 groups was formed to carry-out all farming activities.