The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) as one of the implementing agencies of the Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEPACC) Project will host a Backyard Garden Forum at the DARD Training Centre at Tagabe in Port Vila tomorrow.
The Secretariat of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) began work in Vanuatu in 2014 with the conservation of Tagabe/Blacksands.
According to studies carried out in the peri urban centres in Port Vila, food insecurity is a challenge for urban dwellers along the Tagabe river and the need to restore and manage the river ecosystem.
PEPACC urban gardening project aims to improve the skills and knowledge of farmers on urban gardening with special focus on environmentally friendly farming techniques to conserve and manage different farming ecosystems.
Three project sites have been identified, namely Freswota, Erakor and Pango. Activities implemented include training and establishment of backyard gardens.
The forum aims to provide a platform whereby farmers participate in this project could share experiences and exchange new innovations in backyard gardening.
It is worth mentioning that during COVID-19 pandemic, more farmers are interested and practicing backyard gardening and the project have conducted numerous trainings to assist farmers to improve knowledge on farming innovation especially verified cultivation.