Since 1990, most of the land for agriculture in Bantar Gebang has been converted into a place for trash disposal. Most of the families, who previously were farmers, have no land and turns their life in more difficult situation to sustain their livelihood. The soil which is approximately around of the trash disposal has been contaminated by water or leachate and make families not interested to plant agriculture in their garden or backyards
This urban agriculture project aims to provide a source of nutritious food to at least 250 families in Bantar Gebang. In Bantar Gebang, almost 40 percent of under-five children is stunting and around 20-27% is undernourished.
Project main activities are to train mothers how to grow vegetables with vertical agriculture or pots and install 10 Aquaponic as demonstration plots. Currently, most of the families have to buy vegetables, fish or meat from traditional market which are situated around 4 km from the houses. Vegetables from their garden can be perceived to be more flavorful and desirable than store bought produce which may also lead to a wider acceptance and higher intake.
Beside planting vegetables in the pots using composting soil and fertilizer to support families' nutrition, the families will learn Aquaponic system as a promising alternative. Aquaponic combines conventional aqua culture (i.e. raising fish in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.
Practicing this agriculture project with urban community, which directly supports poor families' nutrition, is a valuable experience for ADRA Indonesia since we have an ambition to help urban poor families through agriculture projects.