Principal Investigators:Dr. Avishek Datta and Dr. Anil K. Anal
Area of activity: Community gardening and sustainability
Background and rationale (maximum 200 words): Home gardening is one of the world’s most ancient food production practices (Landauer and Brazil, 1990). Home gardens are often referred to as backyard, kitchen, rooftop, or homestead gardens. The home garden benefits family nutrition, increases household income, provides a buffer to food insecurity during lean period, habitat protection, and soil conservation (Landauer and Brazil 1990; Marsh 1996).
A typical home garden occupies a small space adjacent to the house within the farmstead compound. It is intensively cultivated to grow different plants utilizing primarily household female and child labor. The primary goal is to meet household consumption demand, although farmers often sell surplus to meet social needs. The vegetables produced from the farmers homestead can meet up the demand of nutrition of a marginal farm family round the year. Hence, promoting the production and consumption of comparatively inexpensive and chemical-residue free vegetables is an important strategy for combating nutritional deficiency. Under this project, vegetable cultivation in the allocated land of AIT will be undertaken for the promotion of community supported agricultural production. In-house availability of fresh and safe vegetables will encourage the community people towards more consumption of vegetables, which certainly a better option for healthy lifestyle and green economy.