Development in Gardening

Uses a community-driven approach to enable HIV-affected and other vulnerable African communities to meet their own needs and improve their own well-being through sustainable nutrition-based gardens and agriculture.

In Africa, more than 24 million people live with HIV. The primary cause of death for those living with HIV is malnutrition. On a continent that has traditionally suffered from malnutrition and food insecurity, the HIV epidemic has further compromised the health of its people and its overall socioeconomic development.

Development in Gardening (DIG) uses sustainable organic agriculture to improve the diets of people affected by HIV. We focus on areas that have few resources and work to change the way farming occurs by creating demonstration farms and community and home gardens. DIG’s gardens at schools, hospitals, and homes supply a steady supply of quality produce for students, patients, and other individuals. The gardens also serve as classrooms for teaching valuable life skills and build the capacity of the communities to help themselves.

Many of the individuals benefiting from the gardens are individuals who are HIV-positive. Studies show that good nutrition is an important component of a comprehensive care and treatment program for individuals with HIV, particularly those using AntiRetroViral (ARV) drugs. Good nutrition, which includes micro and other nutrients, is critical.

DIG’s works at the grassroots level, where change first happens within the community and spreads to others. Through our approach we improve the nutrition and health of people affected by HIV and “Reap Life.”

Contact Information

Development in Gardening (DIG)
999 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30309 USA
T: 619.274.7218

Financial Information

Development in Gardening is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Photo right: Local kale harvested at an orphanage in Uganda.

Donate Now to Development in Gardening


Your donation to Development in Gardening will plant a seed to “Reap Life!”  Here are is what your donation can do:

  • $10 will fund a watering can
  • $20 will provide seeds for a home garden
  • $100 will create a home garden
  • $150 will support a local facilitator
  • $250 will fund a garden fence
  • $600 will fund a water tank

Volunteer Opportunities

Development in Gardening has opportunities in the countries where we work for volunteers with strong agriculture backgrounds and international experience. We also host a two-week volunteer trip annually to current project sites in Africa.


To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

Other Ways to Give

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