According to the United Nations, one in four children around the world is stunted by malnutrition, while in developing countries, this number is as high as one in three.
We invest in local farmers to provide sustainable access to nutritious food for the world’s poorest. By partnering with local organisations and experts, we help people in food insecure communities to grow their own produce and prepare nutritious meals. We work with local farmers’ groups to increase productivity, improve food storage facilities, address environmental challenges, and create nutritionally balanced meals so families can feed themselves.
We’ve helped thousands of people in Malawi, Ethiopia and Mozambique to grow potatoes using improved seeds and farming techniques.
Our potato projects have helped farmers to increase their harvest so they can feed their families and sell excess produce for additional income. For example, in Ethiopia we have helped farmers to increase their yield from eight tonnes to 40 tonnes per hectare. Meanwhile, improvements in seed storage have increased the quality and shelf life of potatoes. This has helped to reduce the hungry season, which can last for up to six months.
We also hold regional workshops to bring our African partners together to discuss common challenges. Here, they can share their knowledge of seed production, agricultural technology and value chains. This shared learning then helps farmers to continue improving their potato production.
In Kiribati, many people live on isolated coral atolls. They rely on imported food, which can be expensive. We help communities on the islands of Aranuka and Marakei to establish kitchen gardens so families can feed themselves more nutritious meals at lower cost. We run training sessions on climate-responsive gardening techniques and composting, and hold cooking classes where women and girls learn how to use the fruits and vegetables from their own gardens.
In Timor Leste, we help farmers’ groups in Bobonaro to build kitchen gardens and use organic fertiliser to increase their yield. We also help farmers to access local markets where they can sell their produce for extra income.
In Fiji, we work with isolated communities in Navakasiga to improve their access to nutritious food. Together with Partners in Community Development Fiji, we build school gardens and teach students how to grow vegetables. We also help women’s groups to sell their vegetables in their village and at market.