Mary Nawiri is from Nangatuny boma, Katodori payam,
Kapoeta East County, Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan.
She currently cultivates 0.7 feddan of land and grows
field crops such as maize and vegetables like okra,
kudra, pumpkin and cowpeas. According to Nawiri, the
manner in which we grow in society depends on the
environmental conditions of a particular area. She has a
deep interest in farming because her ancestors didn’t
practise agriculture. She wanted to cultivate enough
field crops, but she did not possess her own land due to
land management system in her area i.e., women don’t
have control over land usage and the terrain of available
land is poor for farming. She is glad for the introduction
of kitchen gardening because it encourages cultivation
even on a small scale. Nawiri has harvested her
vegetables twice as she was lucky to be among the first
lot of beneficiaries that received seeds earlier.
This is a milestone to her journey of being food secure during lean season and she hopes for more empowerment through trainings on vegetable farming and pest management.
Nawiri lost the first cultivation of okra and sukuma wiki to no rain because she lacked
alternative ways to maintain the garden.
After receiving a training on nursery bed management from OPRD, Nawiri requested for more seeds where she had to introduce watering to overcome the fickle rain. For Mary Nawiri, within a month of watering her garden, plants began bearing fruits, first Okra, Sukuma wiki, Eggplant, and Cowpeas. She was motivated to weed her garden not until crops yielded and she started harvesting produce
especially vegetables which she anticipates shall sustain her family for the next three months.
The produce has saved me from incuring expenses on food from the market. I will now concentrate on groceries only which are less expensive– Nawiri