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Gardens are hard to come by in New York City–but that’s because they’re not a necessity. Outside of the city, obtaining food isn’t as easy as heading over to the local bodega and swiping the credit card.
Gardens are a vital part of communities in impoverished nations, and Slow Food USA has made its ambition to fund and plant 1,000 gardens in Africa. The grassroots movement dedicated to linking food and community has raised funding for 567 gardens around the world.
The goal: to improve farmer autonomy throughout the world rather than export food. The Africa project targets 26 countries in the continent.
“Historically, in the U.S., we’ve fought global hunger by growing cheap grain and dumping it on foreign markets. In the end, we’ve just displaced farmers in developing countries, and created more poverty and hunger. We need solutions that give people the resources they need to feed themselves,” says Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA.
Each garden costs approximately $1,300 to build, and communities have to apply and maintain the gardens themselves.