2001 Winner
Gauteng Province, South Africa
Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust
Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust
South Africa
The project operates in the Kempton Park Tembisa area. Local unemployed youth and women are trained to establish food gardens on open spaces in the township.
Innovation: These open spaces are often used as illegal dumping sites, causing health and pollution problems. Food gardens have been established at local schools, clinics, creches, street corners and various other open spaces. This is a unique method of combating illegal dumping in townships. Utilizing the Food Garden Foundation's "nothing is waste" principle, the refuse dumped on these areas is being used as fertilizer. The project estimates that it has covered 40% of the open spaces identified as problematic. They also estimate that 50% of the clinics and 30% of the schools in Tembisa are involved in the project.
Poverty Impact: More than 23 groups, each consisting of a minimum of 10 members are involved in the project. Community health conditions have improved due to less environmental pollution and access to fresh vegetables. Crime has been reduced as open spaces which used to be havens for criminals are now being turned into food gardens.
Sustainability: The main obstacles to sustainability are the willingness of land owners to allow the project to operate on their premises and theft by some community members.
Replication: The main constraints to replication are the availability of land and training in food garden establishment.