Building raised vegetable gardens in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, Terre des hommes is building raised vegetable gardens, which are more resistant to the country’s frequent floods and bad weather. This project aims at encouraging more continuous food production, and reducing malnutrition in children and mothers.

Children with green fingers

Bangladesh and India

Tdh’s project to build raised vegetable gardens has been extended to schools in Kurigram, a poor region in Bangladesh.

Children are active members of the community. As such, they play a key role in fighting malnutrition and improving food security. Through this project, they build and maintain raised vegetable gardens – more resistant to flooding and bad weather – at school.

Children are involved at all stages of construction. They help prepare plots for planting, sow seeds, harvest vegetables and maintain gardens on a daily basis.

The Bangladesh pilot project was quickly extended to India. Currently, there are around 5000 raised vegetable gardens in India and Bangladesh. According to John Brogan, one of Tdh’s thematic advisers in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene, they are “an innovative way of fighting malnutrition and reducing disaster risks.”