Our Approach

GardenAfrica helps people respond to biodiversity loss by identifying plants that are either under-valued or over-exploited, particularly where they are valuable for their nutritional, soil fertility, medicinal or pesticidal benefits.

Preparing samples for chemical analysis - medicinal plant conservation (funded by Defra's Darwin Initiative). Umthathi Africulture Project, Eastern Cape - South Africa 

Preparing samples for chemical analysis - medicinal plant conservation (funded by Defra's Darwin Initiative). Umthathi Africulture Project, Eastern Cape - South Africa 

 

  • We apply research with our partners to support the appropriate selection & storage of seed.
     
  • We assist with the adaptation and cultivation of species to ensure that these resources, and the skills to continue adapting them, remain available to the next generation.
     
  • We use knowledge gained from this programme to support our other programmes with essential information on species that can be adapted to improve health or economic performance

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Our Outcomes

Projects within our Plant Conservation & Biodiversity Programme seek the following outcomes:

Cultivation of culturally and medicinally important species to protect wild populations from over-harvesting. Africulture Project.

Cultivation of culturally and medicinally important species to protect wild populations from over-harvesting. Africulture Project.

 

  • The identification of economically, socially and ecologically important species provides an incentive for conservation.
     
  • The application of scientific and traditional knowledge maximises the utilisation of effective plant-based alternatives for health and livelihoods.
     
  • The identification and promotion of appropriate and transferable technologies facilitates adaptation to changing social and climatic realities.

We are saving money because we don’t need to buy pesticides. Our crops are healthy, and have increased thanks to the plants we learned to turn in to sprays which control the pests. We now have money to invest in making a business. With the harvest we sell, we have a steady income. Our crops, family and income are healthy and growing.
— Didymus Taruvinga (Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe)
Tomatoes for market

Tomatoes for market