|Name||Kitchen Gardening Initiative|
|Sector||urban agriculture, socio-economic empowerment|
|Year of beginning||NA|
|People involved||14,300 households in 700 communities in the districts of Killa Saifullah, Loralai, Mustang, Quetta, Zhob, Musakhel, Pishin and Sherani in Balochistan but 500 women for the Kitchen Gardening project specifically.|
|Who started the initiative (NGO, public administration, association)||International Organization|
|Type of commons||agriculture|
|Object||The Balochistan Agriculture Project is an initiative organized by USAID and UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Pakistan. The project’s primary aim is to help communities and individual farmers increase production, sales and revenues for crops and livestock. Another goal of the project is to inspire and facilitate the participation of women in income-earning activities.
Part of the project is the kitchen gardening initiative which empowers local women by teaching them how to harvest crops to feed their families. With this vital knowledge, families save more income on groceries and food and women are empowered to take care of their community, family and their own needs. Through this initiative, women are given an opportunity to improve family nutrition and incomes, even within the gendered constrictions within Balochistani society.
More than 500 women in three different districts were taught by other local women studying agriculture how to maintain kitchen gardens and how to preserve and process the fruits of their labour. The participants are both women from low income to no income families and the teachers are locally trained professionals from public universities.