GardenAfrica is an NGO which, for the past 12 years, has been focused on developing and securing plant-based resources for health and livelihoods. GardenAfrica is active in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Kenya – with legacy and network support in South Africa and Namibia.
In these countries, GardenAfrica works with vulnerable communities to develop appropriate strategies to conserve and build their natural resource base under four programmes – Health & Nutrition, Plant-based Livelihoods, Education & Skills, and Plant Conservation. Over the past year (2013-14) GA’s work has directly benefited 48,600 people, and indirectly benefited 925,517 people.
GardenAfrica works alongside local partners and host communities to build local capacity for locating and sustaining plant-based solutions to the poverty they face. We see biodiversity and its protection as a vital component of creating opportunities for well being and livelihoods.
We actively seek to work with partners and communities and adopt a collaborative approach, sharing knowledge and experience. We increase our impact by scaling up success and pushing for policy change that directly benefits poor communities.
We help identify and implement sustainable natural resource strategies and plant-based solutions and technologies that people can adopt, adapt and transfer to improve their lives. We research, test and demonstrate how these solutions have a significant impact on poverty.
We adapt existing technologies, making sure that success in one country can form a template for success in another. Consequently, our projects make an impact far beyond the communities that initially benefit. We build on successful pilot projects and proven technologies by encouraging communities, governments or other development agencies to adopt them so that more people can benefit.