This garden is located near the southern coastal village of Agaarane, situated on the Indian Ocean, close to the port city of Merka. The village community includes 253 citizens whose livelihoods depend largely on agriculture and fishing. For generations, the people of Agaarane have been cultivating local food varieties in family gardens that rely on rainwater as the sole form of irrigation. They grow crops such as “qare”, a small and very sweet watermelon, and cantaloupe melons. 12 people are involved in the Nabadeey garden. The garden measures 8 jibaals (a jibaal is a local measure that corresponds to a half-acre) and is cultivated by the community women and their children, while the men assist with the corn crop. Agriculture in the area has been suffering due to the unstable political situation. The products of the garden are consumed by the community; a part of the harvest is sold and the money earned contributes to the income of the families.
Village of Agaarane, Merka town
Merka Convivium leader