Degwariri Community Garden
Slow Food Boricua Convivium, Puerto Rico
Degwariiri is a village in the Lower Shabelle riverine area, in southern Somalia, situated about a kilometers from the river itself. The one-hectare food garden is owned collectively by the community and irrigated using river water. Fifteen individuals cultivate the plot using organic methods to grow a range of vegetables including diir, a type of red bean, okra, spinach and boor katito - a pumpkin only found in the Lower Shabele area. Excursions to the garden are planned for local primary school students, so they can meet the farmers and learn about agriculture and farming.
The recent conflict in the region and ongoing political tension is hindering agricultural production and prohibits farmers from meeting.
Degwariiri village, 70 km southwest of Mogadishu, riverine area of Lower Shabele
Hassan Abuukar Hassan