We are cultivating a dream for food sustainability for the present and for future generations. Children need a path to achieve lives free from poverty. They need to know the rich history of farming in their country, the benefit of the past variety of crops, the mixed harvest periods and the value to themselves and the soil these indigenous foods hold.
Most children still go to school with no meal before they arrive. Existing breakfast programs normally provide a porridge that lacks the essential nutrients for growth and development.
We have a community garden that will provide an environment to experience holistic farming methods. The food grown is utilized in nutritional training for the community to see the benefits of a biodiverse diet, and to be used in meals prepared for the schools.
Women are learning how to manage plants for the reproduction and preservation of seeds, starting a bank of traditional seeds for future food self-sufficiency.
Why are we doing this?
Malawi’s economy is based on agriculture, 85% of the population lives in rural areas and most are farmers. Pre 1970 diverse crops were grown, with many traditional foods available throughout the year. In the 1980s there was a shift to grow maize for food and a cash crop, with hybrid seeds and the use of fertilizers encouraged. This monocropping and overuse of fertilizers has caused a ripple effect resulting in massive soil degradation, very poor yield, and a growing hunger season where many have months before the next harvest with no food remaining.
The children are the target for education and improvements. It is essential for them to learn about the nutrition found in the variety of foods grown locally for thousands of years and to understand the need for biodiversity for the soil to be healthy and produce highly nutritional, tasty food.
How we work
We are committed to raising awareness among young generations about the importance of food biodiversity and access to healthy, fresh food, but also to the training of a network of leaders who are aware of the value of their land and their culture and who can serve as protagonists for change and the continent’s future.
How you can help?
Nutrition for Children
Learning and growing brains need fuel! However, most children attending our Mitongwe School have to come for the day without. Your gift supplies a child with a nutritious meal at school for the entire year. It’s such a good deal too, maybe you’ll need to buy more than one!