Tonga’s Backyard Garden Movement
When we think of most of the Island nations, beautiful, green abundant foliage comes to mind and Tonga is no exception. And while there is indeed an abundance of lush vegetation across Tonga, it’s only recently that there has been a concerted effort within the Kingdom to encourage it’s people to make use of the their backyards as a means of providing food for their families and communities.
The Backyard Garden Movement has been developed by the Tonga Community Development Trust (TCDT or Tonga Trust) with the aim of establishing healthy and sustainable livelihoods for rural dwellers through the promotion of sustainable, grassroots agriculture interventions.
The Tonga Trust is an indigenous, non-governmental development organization whose focus is on capacity building with special attention on the less developed, more disadvantaged communities of Tonga. The key aims of it’s Backyard Garden Movement are to promote organic home gardens and the use of home composting of domestic degradable organic waste as well as the provision of training and education in the associated fields of organic agriculture, climate change mitigation options and human health.
Within the upcoming Tonga episode of Real Pasifik, Papiloa Foliaki introduces us to the Backyard Garden Movement and takes us into some of the local gardens to gather some of the essential fresh ingredients used within the episode’s finale lunch. We were delighted to see that many of the garden’s owners had taken the opportunity to decorate their gardens in Tongan colours to celebrate the occasion!
We’ve included a few photos below taken during our garden romps and be sure to watch this Saturday’s episode of Real Pasifik to learn more.