Within the 4Cities4Dev project, the communities of the food gardens in N'Ganon and Nangounkaha in Ivory Coast are supported by the city of Tours. A delegation from the city will visit the gardens in 2012 and members of the community attended Euro Gusto in Tours in November 2011.
N'GANON E NANGOUNKAHA COMMUNITY FOOD GARDENS
With this project, Slow Food wants to offer concrete models of sustainable agriculture, linked to the principles of agroecology and based on local agricultural knowledge, the application of traditional techniques and proper management of natural resources. Food gardens are a means of subsistence for the communities who cultivate them, but also a valuable educational opportunity, teaching schoolchildren about good diet and local plant varieties. Each Slow Food garden is not an independent project, but is introduced into the community as a shared experience. It gives different generations the chance to come together and exchange knowledge. At the same time every garden is part of the international Thousand Gardens in Africa network, which involves the whole continent as well as European, American and Asian countries who are working to support and promote the initiative. Since its founding in 2006, the Slow Food Chigata Convivium has been working to create and support an agricultural cooperative of women in the village of N'Ganon with the aim of producing local, quality products for school meals. The N'Ganon village women's cooperative currently cultivates a two-hectare vegetable garden and has dedicated four more hectares to rice and one hectare to beans. They use sustainable cultivation methods, with no chemical treatments or fertilizers. Some of the harvest goes to the cooperative's families and some goes to the school for children's meals, while the rest is sold on the local market to generate further income. Slow Food has helped the women's cooperative to overcome a number of obstacles and covered the initial costs (buying seeds and equipment and setting up a granary). In 2010, the nearby village of Nangounkaha and its primary school also became involved. This village has around 2,500 inhabitants and a significant social infrastructure, including a six-class elementary school, two water pumps and a school canteen. Also here, a women's cooperative started a food garden with the aim of supplying the primary school with local, sustainable, quality food. The women take some of the harvest for their families, while any surplus is sold at the market, bringing in a small income for the cooperative.
The conflict that exploded in Côte d'Ivoire in September 2002 had an enormous impact on the northern region of Korhogo. Restrictions on the free movement of people and goods and high levels of corruption seriously harmed agricultural production and food-processing businesses. The consequences included a steep fall in incomes for women, the main agricultural work force, and many children dropping out of school (700,000 in 2005, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). The political situation had been relatively calm for a few years, allowing many of the rural people to return to their business, but a new conflict which broke out in 2011 caused further problems for the local communities. The heaviest legacy of the conflicts is the serious damage done to infrastructure.
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