Captured in his own vegetable garden, Emmanuel Mbedzi of Musina encourages community members to establish their own vegetable gardens to curb hunger during the coronavirus crises.

With the lockdown going on for more than 60 days now, while the shortage of money and food continue to hit us hard, the best way to beat hunger is to establish a home vegetable garden instead of buying vegetables on daily basis. This is the advice from Musina resident Emmanuel Mbedzi whose home grown vegetable comes handy during the difficult times of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mbedzi, who has planted spinach, cabbage, tomatoes and onions in his back yard, said things used to be very difficult before he established a vegetable garden at home.  He said now that most indigent people do not have any means to live during this difficult times, establishing home vegetable gardens would be the most favourable step for now. “I understand that there are people who can afford to buy vegetables in this difficult times. But it is also important to note that there are some community members like me who would not afford to buy vegetables every day. The idea of establishing a vegetable garden at home came to me as I realized that I am spending more money on buying vegetables and I would not be able to afford going forward. Since I have running water here at home, I then decided to buy vegetable seeds and prepare a small backyard space for planting my vegetables. As of now, I no longer go out to buy but I just turn around and cut few vegetable that I want to cook for the day.”

He encourages less privileged community members to establish their vegetable gardens to fight hunger. “It is not too late to start your vegetable garden at home. This means that if you start yours now, you can save a lot of money that would have been used for buying the vegetables. From the look of things, it seems we are still going to live with the coronavirus for some time. The sooner we prepare ourselves now the better. I hope some community members will take lessons from me and start to establish their own vegetable gardens.”