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Homegardening as a panacea : a case study of South Tarawa

East, Andrew John & Dawes, Les A. (2009) Homegardening as a panacea : a case study of South Tarawa. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 50(3), pp. 338-352.

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Abstract

The Republic of Kiribati is a small, highly infertile Pacific Island nation and is one of the most challenging locations to attempt to support dense urban populations. Kiribati, like other nations in the Pacific, faces an urban future where food insecurity, unemployment, waste management and malnutrition will become increasing issues. Homegardening is suggested as one way to address many of these problems. However, the most recent study on agriculture production in urban centres in Kiribati shows that, in general, intensive cultivation of homegardens is not a common practice. This disparity between theory and practice creates an opportunity to re-examine homegardening in Kiribati and, more broadly, in the Pacific. This paper examines the practice of homegardening in urban centres in Kiribati and explores reasons why change has or has not occurred through interviews with homegardeners and government/donor representives. Results show that homegardening has increased significantly in the past five years, largely because of the promotion of homegardens and organic composting systems by donor organisations. While findings further endorse homegardening as an excellent theoretical solution to many of the problems that confront urban settlements in Kiribati and the Pacific, it raises additional questions regarding the continuation of homegarden schemes beyond donor support programmes.

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ID Code: 30073
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Homegardening, Sustainable Development, Kiribati, Interviews, Micronesia, Organic Waster Management
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8373.2009.01405.x
ISSN: 1360-7456
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Copyright Statement: Journal compilation © 2009 Victoria University of Wellington
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2010 07:25
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:05

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