Food insecurity

24 Feb 2018

Developing small farms on unused land in urban areas could help alleviate chronic unemployment for refugees resettled in Australia. And improve the sustainability of our food production systems .  

Only 31 per cent of humanitarian visa recipients have jobs after five years, but many have skills as subsistence farmers, which could turn unproductive land into market gardens.

At Mangerton in Wollongong, Karenni refugees are transforming a steep hillside next to the Saint Therese Primary School, into a traditional terraced garden. According to University of Wollongong geographer Ananth Gopal, community gardens could help refugees avoid the sort of isolation that comes with long-term unemployment.

Read More: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-26/karenni-refugees-cultivate-a-community-in-wollongong/8839216.

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