Innovative Gardening Techniques

The project seeks direct and measurable benefits in three interrelated areas:

 

 

  1. Food security and livelihoods through development, testing and extension of innovative approaches to gardening and market access
  2. Island Ecosystem resilience through broad-based education and training and
  3. Enhancing the role of women through organisational strengthening, networking and dialogue building.

The project is based on community research which highlights that remote and vulnerable communities have low capacity resilience in living with climate change mainly due to no access to basic services, knowledge gaps and limited capability to organize, mobilize and network. Based on these observations the project comprises of three closely interrelated objectives,

 

 

  1. Increase quality and quantity of local food production using new techniques resilient to increasing groundwater salinity. The objective will contribute to increasing food security, and links to Maldives NAPA Needs & Priorities Strategies.
  2. Increase community members understanding of climate change processes and likely local impacts by integrating local and scientific knowledge.
  3. Through Island Women’s Committees (IWC), develop a sustainable community network for promoting resilient techniques for local food production.

The island of Veymandoo in Thaa atoll has been selected to implement this project. The land area of 57.14 hectares in size and is home to a population of 1089 people with existing density at 19.05 persons per hectare.

 

 

Expected outcomes of the project:

 

 

  1. Increased quality and quantity of local food using new techniques resilient to groundwater salinity
  2. Increased community knowledge, skills and understanding on how to live with the impacts of climate change.
  3. Developed network through the IWCs, which supports and promotes resilient techniques for ecosystem protection and climate change adaptation (including safeguarding of food sources)


The project will see the construction of 25 raised garden beds across Th.Veymandhoo serving as models for replication. Island women’s committees (IWC) will construct the gardens in homes and their plots; this will expose the simple technology to a broader community cross-section. High mobility between Islands and especially to Male provides opportunities for ‘social diffusion’ to multiply application of this new approach. By using existing support networks additional IWCs could be readily mobilized to learn about climate change and implement the new gardening techniques throughout the country. The Maldives is by and large politically, culturally and geographically homogenous, further supporting potential for replication and scalability.

 

 

The project will add value and innovations to some of the larger climate change adaptation programs in other parts of the Indian Ocean and through Live & Learn existing projects in South Pacific including Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu especially those countries focussed on strengthening institutional arrangements to respond to climate change and seek to bring the attention of climate change action towards the community paradigm and promote a people-centred approach to deal with climate change.