Public-Private Partnership Promotes Veggie Gardening Among 4Ps Beneficiaries

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4Ps Beneficiaries cultivating the soil for planting vegetables.

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The beneficiaries sowing seeds in their communal garfen.

The East-West Seed Foundation (EWSF) has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to promote vegetable gardening in the home starting in four provinces, namely Antique, Capiz, Batangas and Cavite.

The public-private partnership project will help families under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) establish and sustain their household vegetable gardens. The goal is to increase household food supply and to contribute to the improvement of the overall health of the 4Ps beneficiaries.

The program could eventually motivate the beneficiaries to go into vegetable production as a source of income, using the technology they have learned from their training. They could grow different high-yielding vegetables, like those developed by East-West, that they can sell in the market.

The project consists of a series of vegetable farming trainings and nutrition education campaigns. For those with limited spaces, urban gardening techniques will be taught. Set to be initially launched in 500 households in Antique, Capiz, Batangas and Cavite, the project will also train and develop 4Ps parents and field workers to become โ€œbarefoot techniciansโ€ or community gardening champions who will promote the value of household gardening in their respective communities.

The partnership will provide EWS Foundation the opportunity to fulfill its vision of food security and quality nutrition education for Filipino communities, according to Crisanto R. Sabino, EWSF executive director.

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An East-West Seed school-based gardening project.

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A farmer teaching a school kid how to plant vegetable.

Sabino added that they are also working with CARD-MRI Development Institute and Nestle Philippines to reach more communities and develop more vegetable gardens in public schools. The partnership with CMDI will be initially launched in communities in Laguna.

On the other hand, the partnership with Nestle Philippines focuses on educating Filipino youth the imporance of eating vegetables for improved nutrition through the school-based vegetable gardening program.

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