Nusa Penida Organic Gardens Project
Our garden project is on Nusa Penida, an island off the southeast coast of Bali. The island is the poorest district in its Klungkung regency with residents highly dependent on fluctuating seaweed markets. Islanders rely heavily on food imports from Bali and with unpredictable seas, recent years have seen occasions of persistent bad weather delaying supplies and plunging residents into the category of “climate refugees”. With climate change likely to increase such events, the case for people of Nusa Penida to grow their own food becomes ever more urgent. Nusa Penida has also been recognised as an area of rich biodiversity of potential importance to bee populations and so developing organic food production could be of global importance in the battle to conserve these vital pollinators.
Friends of National Parks Foundation (FNPF) have run projects on Nusa Penida since 2006 and are responsible for the hugely successful conservation of the critically endangered Bali Starling, from the point of extinction in the wild to now flourishing on its island refuge. The FNPF project has included an organic garden as part of its activities since 2009. Our vision is to encourage islanders to grow their own vegetables to increase food security and improve nutrition for local people. Residents of Nusa Penida generally have a very basic diet consisting mostly of rice and often lack important vitamins.
We have a 15 by 8 metre garden which already produces vegetables and herbs and saves seeds, all of which are openly available for the local community. Over the last two months we have setup a second garden to experiment with more diverse crops in this tropical environment and increase production for local people. We have previously run projects to establish gardens elsewhere on the island but further education and promotion is needed to maintain this.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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