Can kitchen gardens protect families from labour exploitation? In rural Cambodia, they certainly can.
Through ACCI’s Community Transformation project, many families have been trained in how to grow healthy and flourishing kitchen gardens using permaculture methods. In almost all instances, this not only provides ample fruit and vegetables for the family, but excess produce can then be sold at local markets. There becomes a two-fold financial benefit for these gardening families - they save the cost of purchasing food, which can be significantly inflated, plus they gain an additional income stream from the sale of excess.
Rural communities in the Takeo Province, Cambodia, have received training in Permaculture to grow their own gardens, providing food for their families and excess produce to sell.
As permaculture methods use minimal water and provide year-round crops, families are protected from the financial ebbs and flows of rice harvesting. If crops failed during particularly dry seasons, or suffered from pests or other disease, many households were left without the meagre income they were heavily reliant on. This often led to household members - usually women - taking up factory jobs in the city. This factory work is typically exploitative - with long working hours, very low pay, and often dangerous conditions with exposure to chemicals and various machinery.
Through ACCI’s project, gardening families no longer have to rely on this sort of exploitative labour for income. It’s an incredibly exciting development for these rural communities, who have often spent many years experiencing the financial vulnerability of subsistence farming.
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Permaculture methods use minimal water, so crops can be produced year-round, giving a level of financial security to these gardening families and communities.