AVRDC promotes home gardening in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with healthy diet gardening kits designed to improve family nutrition. The kits are typically used in training programs to promote home gardening. Local food preferences and agronomic conditions are taken into account when seed is selected for the kits.
The African kit contains 17 different kinds of high yielding and nutritious vegetables, with enough seed to plant a home garden and provide a healthy diet for a family of 8 for a year.
In South Asia, several different kits containing seed of 7-26 vegetables have been used in Bangladesh and the Indian states of Punjab, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Assam. Most kits provide sufficient seed to plant a 6 x 6 meter home garden to supply nutritious leafy vegetables year round. The more complex garden designs can produce more than 250 kg of vegetables per year and provide more than adequate vitamin A and vitamin C requirements for a family of four as well as supplementary protein and iron.
Seed for kits is supplied by partners who assemble home garden seed packs for local needs.