A lot of the produce we eat, in raw form, is purchased from the market. However, the Department of Youth Services is encouraging young people to grow their own food in their own backyard. Love News spoke with Renata Samuels, Communications Officer for the Department of Youth Services who said it is all about providing our youths with food security despite their financial status.
Renata Samuels – Communications Officer, Department of Youth Services: This initiative that we have over here as you see behind me is backyard gardening and the idea of food security is an idea that was brought to us by a young man named Kadeem Bennet. He brought his group; Belize Volunteers and they had collaborated with us. We provided the space and we provided some of the seeds. We want to revamp it and bring it again so right now we are actually looking at this year right now probably in October so we are going to be looking at bringing in more youth again to actually do the whole idea of food security with our backyard gardening in Belize City because we actually have it happening out district in Orange Walk and Corozal, in San Ignacio and Benque.
Samuels said that many youths have embraced planting crops in their own backyard and have continued to do so even after the programme has ended.