The CAMFED Garden won Gold and the People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Eden’s horticulture team helped to grow many of the plants featured. The garden is living on here in our Mediterranean Biome.
This garden shows the nutrient-rich agriculture and climate-smart techniques used by female agricultural entrepreneurs supported by the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), enabling women across sub-Saharan Africa to grow food, and develop jobs and opportunities at scale for their communities.
The bright colours, striking plants and exotic flavours in this garden reflect Zimbabwe and capture the spirit of Africa.
Edible crops include papaya and banana, along with biofortified crops developed through an initiative supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). They include zinc-enriched beans, and vitamin-A-enriched sweet potatoes and maize; all vital in helping mothers and children thrive.
The CAMFED Garden draws attention to the urgent need to empower and educate young women in some of the world’s poorest communities most affected by climate change. Women produce much of Africa’s food, but struggle to access land, finance or training.
The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) believes that when girls are educated they can lift their communities out of poverty. It supports girls in rural Africa, enabling them to stay in education, develop thriving businesses, create jobs and deliver prosperity. CAMFED is working to support another 1,000 women-led agricultural businesses across rural Africa within one year. camfed.org/see-growth
CAMFED has recently been awarded a prestigious UN Global Climate Action Award in recognition for the way in which its alumnae, through adopting practical and affordable techniques for climate-smart agriculture, are helping to build communities’ resilience to climate change.