Located north of Togo in the Kara region, more precisely in the Kozah prefecture about 250 kilometres from Lomé, the capital of Togo, the Agamadé public elementary school Slow Food garden was a Slow Food Kara convivium initiative.
With effectively 545 students taught by 12 teachers, the school is in the midst of buildings, and its Slow Food garden extends over a 70 m2 surface, on a plateau behind the school buildings. The garden is cultivated by all the students and managed by a group of 20 students chosen by their peers. During the science and earth life (SVT) courses, the students and their teachers go out to the garden to learn the names of the different plants growing there and to understand more how they are produced. Among the plants grown in the garden, one can see okra, aubergine, local leafy vegetables like “gnatou”, “younoum” and “tchassi”, beans, papayas, red pepper “tchangayi”, and many medicinal plants such as “assèou”, ginger, “wassikoyè” and “n’goné”. For a good harvest, the teachers and their pupils were trained on the techniques of organic composting and pesticide manufacture, which contribute towards a better garden yield.
As for the uses of the harvest, it is sold, and one part assigned to prepare the end of school year dinner for the students.
Prefecture of Kozah, Kara region
Abdel Ramane Assimiou