Intensive household gardening

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 05 October 2022 12:19

Description of the innovative solution

Community building Food biodiversity Indoor farming Urban farming Regenerative agriculture Sharing economy Local garden Healthy diet Land tenure Diet diversity Nutritious food Market access

Intensive gardening is used to maximize the amount of produce harvested in a given garden area. This method can be applied to household gardens, ranging from small yard plots to 'balcony boxes,' to increase household food security and nutrition, and bolster resilience to global food shocks. Household gardens are an integral factor of local food systems, and are increasingly important as the global population continues to grow, and hunger and nutrient deficiencies continue to claim lives. Home gardens have some commonalities; they are often located on marginal lands or areas, and take up only a fraction of a house's arable land if any. They also come in many shapes, sizes, and serve different functions with different crop compositions. Most of the literature on home gardens focuses on tropical areas in Central and South American, South and South-east Asia, and Africa, but this phenomenon is applicable to many contexts. While home gardens have potental to create a positive impact, there are still many constraints to be kept in mind, whether it be lack of inputs, time, knowledge, labor, land, and more.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Food quality Food affordability Climate mitigation Climate adaptation Soil health Increasing agrobiodiversity

SDG target

SDG 1: No Poverty SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


Urban Peri-urban Rural

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Home Gardens Literature Review
Scientific paper
Literature review on home gardens and their social, economic, and environmental effects


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