When it comes to reviewing home and garden products, there are a few key things to consider. Kitchens, bathrooms, and large warehouses are often big selling points, so it's important to make sure these areas look as spacious as possible. Home Stagers professionals recommend that you remove 50% of your items to maximize the space. In addition to the physical aspects of a home or garden, it's also important to consider the social, economic, and environmental contributions that these spaces can make.
Through a rigorous literature review, researchers have identified the positive impacts of family gardens in addressing food insecurity and malnutrition, in addition to providing additional benefits such as income and livelihood opportunities for families with few resources. Family gardens can also provide a range of ecosystem services. However, only a few case studies on post-crisis situations have been conducted. This review investigates the experiences of family gardens in post-conflict Sri Lanka, where domestic gardening has been practiced for centuries.
While we emphasize the multiple benefits, we also highlight the limitations to food production in family gardens. In conclusion, it's important to conduct more research and empirical data to evaluate the role of family gardens in crisis and post-crisis situations, as well as to assess their economic value and their impacts on food security, nutrition, economic growth and gender issues. The specific size of a home garden varies from household to household and, normally, its average size is smaller than that of the arable land that the household owns. Table 3 summarizes the most common limitations to domestic gardening specified in the literature by Hoogerbrugge and Fresco and others.
These limitations include limited access to resources such as land, water, and capital; limited access to technology; limited access to markets; limited access to information; limited access to labor; limited access to credit; limited access to inputs; limited access to training; and limited access to extension services. Despite these limitations, domestic gardening has been shown to improve the well-being of people who care for them by providing various food products and wood, livelihood opportunities and the sustainability of the production system. In recent years national policies have focused on promoting domestic gardening in many countries around the world. Ninez lists general trends with respect to food production systems in family gardens based on 15 specific characteristics of each type adopted from Ruthenberg (Table), and presents an ethnographic synthesis of family gardens around the world. Gardens are complex and may resemble organic agricultural production systems that sponsor the conservation of biodiversity.
It is also necessary to investigate the cost-benefit analysis of domestic gardening to determine the economic value and obtain viable models that are more promising under various circumstances. Since the first studies on family gardens carried out in the 1930s by Dutch scholars Osche and Terra on mixed gardens in Java (Indonesia), numerous contributions have been made to the subject, synthesizing definitions, inventories of species, functions, structural characteristics, composition, socioeconomic and cultural relevance. The two main national home gardening programs in Sri Lanka are “Api Wavamu”, “Rata Nagamu” (Let's Grow for the Better) and “Divinaguma” (Improving Livelihoods). The most fundamental social benefit of family gardens comes from their direct contributions to household food security by increasing the availability, accessibility and use of food products. The programs highlight the key role that family gardens play in the face of food insecurity, economic recession and malnutrition, by providing a diversified source of food and a way to generate income. Despite the growing interest in domestic gardening, the literature on home gardens in Sri Lanka is quite limited. Household individuals, animals and plants maintain a symbiotic relationship within family gardens. Recognizing the value and potential of family gardens to improve food security and livelihoods, governmental, non-governmental and international organizations have launched numerous initiatives in many developing countries that are providing support and developing local capacity to improve productivity and also to expand family garden activities. Family gardens can be delimited by physical boundaries such as fences or hedges, fences, ditches or boundaries established through mutual understanding.
They consist of a variety of components and species that represent the social and traditional aspects of different societies.