The Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children: A Review and Look to the Future
The Program established a total of 374 gardens — 188 school gardens, 136 community group gardens, and 50 institutional gardens — in 23 urban centres across Ethiopia.
By Peter Jensen
USAID – Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance
Overview of the Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children
The Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children (UGP), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was implemented in? six regions across Ethiopia. Phase I of UGP (2005–2008) established urban gardens in schools and on public land in many cities throughout Ethiopia. Phase II of the program (2009–2012) targeted the regions’ most vulnerable women and children, providing structured urban agricultural activities to strengthen food and livelihood insecurity and promoting linkages between HIV-affected communities and health services and facilities.
Over the course of its full 7 years of funding, UGP established a total of 374 gardens—188 school gardens, 136 community group gardens, and 50 institutional gardens—in 23 urban centres across Ethiopia. The program reached more than 122,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) via school gardens and more than 10,000 adult people living with HIV (PLHIV) in community and institutional group gardens. Program beneficiaries received support in garden development as well as agronomic best practices utilising state-of-the-art drip irrigation technology, backyard poultry production, post- harvest handling, and local marketing.