Projects Funded by Vegfam in 2012 and Projects Under Consideration in 2013
1. Organic Urban Agriculture in Three Areas of Colombia - funding needed up to £10,000
Beneficiaries: vulnerable and nutritionally insecure families; direct - about 80 families, indirect - about 1,000 people from neighbouring communities.
The project will facilitate the setting up of 6 organic community vegetable gardens and 20 family vegetable gardens for poor, vitamin deficient, women-headed households.
Its aim is to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable livelihoods for members (and extended families) of women's associations within poor communities; including women displaced by violence from different parts of the country.
As an extension of a successful 2 year previously funded Vegfam project from 2009 (community and household vegetable gardens; which greatly improved the livelihoods of Women's Association families who were only able to previously afford to survive on bread and solid cane sugar) and it will improve the food security and diets, nutrit-ional status and overall health of the deprived beneficiaries; which will enable further womans groups to participate in and benefit from setting up their own community and household vegetable gardens, medicinal plant and fruit tree nurseries and seed banks.
This 2 year extension project will cost £10,000 to provide funds for the cost of: seeds, tools and other inputs, seed banks, plant nurseries, training, vegan cookery skills and general project support.
2. Sustainable Agricultural Improvements in Mozambique - funding needed up to £50,000
Beneficiaries: between 100 and 140 households of the extreme poor; consisting of Female-headed households, smallholder farmers, deprived households and those caring for someone with HIV/AIDS or a disability, children at risk of malnourishment. Direct - approximately 700 people (including up to 140 farmers and their families); indirect - approximately 1,275 people (including the remaining community members on the island).
This project aims to facilitate appropriate and sustainable organic agriculture - leading to the consumption of nutritious food and the provision of income for smallholder farmers in vulnerable households.
Crops grown would include such things as: bell pepper, cabbage, carrot, cowpea, kale, lettuce, maize, mung bean, peanut, pigeon pea, rice, tomato. Also, vitamin rich, intense-coloured crops shall be particularly encouraged: banana, lemon, mango, orange, papaya, passion fruit, sweet potato, tangerine.
Funding for this project would cover the cost of: seeds, tree seedlings/saplings (to grow 1400 trees), tools, improv-ed food storage, food processing and preservation facilities, training, water storage facilities. It will also enable the setting up of Community Seed Banks and Farmers' Field Schools (practical, hands-on ecologically based "schools without walls"), where groups of farmers work together and where their basic knowledge is valued and respected. Each group decides what theme they need training on. The facilitators of the FFS are farmers themselves. This provides the potential for rapid outreach to a large number of farmers at an affordable cost.
The project needed funding of up to £50,000 to go ahead - it was funded in 2012.
3. Floating Vegetable Gardens in Bangladesh and India – funding needed up to £88,000
Beneficiaries: poor and extreme poor households; direct - 1,000 poor smallholder farmers and their households (750 in Bangladesh, 250 in India), indirect - 4,000 to 5,000 people.
This project will enable the people to create and maintain 2,000 floating beds, to grow a variety of crops on public waterways in parts of Bangladesh and India where land for food production is scarce and where extensive flooding exists. Vegfam funded a similar successful scheme in Bangladesh in 2010 and this is a part of an extension of that.
Types of organic crops grown would include: beans, cabbage, chilli, cucumber, egg plant (aubergine), garlic, green leafy vegetables (spinach), gourd (bitter/sweet/sour/white), onion, potato, tomato, water arum & other vegetables.
This 3 year project would contribute to the livelihoods and food security of the poorest sections of the rural populations. It is part of a much larger programme being run by the project partner and others.
The cost of this project that needed to be covered (for seeds, plants, associated plant nursery items, agricultural activities and other related project costs) was £88,800 - it was funded in 2012.
Other projects to be hopefully considered for funding in 2013
Food Security & Sustainable Livelihoods in Zimbabwe
This project is intended to build stable livelihoods and improve the long-term food security and nutrition of 5,000 households; by providing the means to grow their own food whilst utilising sustainable farming practices.
Funding is required for inputs such as seeds and tools, plus the costs to set up: composting schemes, rain harvesting facilities, agroforestry, project management, seed production and seed saving.
This will enable 1,500 resource-poor farmers and their families to access sufficient, healthy and diverse food.
The project cost is £100,000. Part funding by the project partner will leave £45,000 for Vegfam to potentially fund.
Improved Nutrition Programme for People Living with HIV & AIDS in Malawi
Vegfam is discussing with a project partner the possibility of developing a much needed project to improve the nutrition of malnourished people and those who are living with disabling health conditions in Malawi. It would be intended to primarily benefit populations who are vulnerable to malnutrition or under-nutrition, principally children and the elderly and people living with HIV/AIDS. Working through mother and child care groups, schools, caregivers and Community Based Child Care Centres, it would target service providers in Malawi and beyond including government, Non-governmental Organisations and Community-based Organisations; to deliver nutrition interventions to vulnerable populations, in the form of nutritional vegetable gardens and by the production of an information and educational training manual (based on basic nutrition and animal-free, vegan food preparation and cooking practices that are appropriate to resource poor rural households).
The rural beneficiary areas of the (hoped for) project experience food insecurity, poor dietary diversity, high levels of disabling disease and high levels of malnutrition - including the child population who also suffer from wasting (4% to 10%) and stunting (47%) as a result.
The provision of a project which would grow highly nutritious food and train the beneficiaries on how to make the best use of such food would greatly help to alleviate these factors.
Copies of the information and educational training manual that would be produced would be made available for wider replication and dissemination to: the project partner's nutrition staff; the Government of Malawi and other relevant national and international organisations. A PDF English version of the manual would be available on Vegfam's and the project partner's website – to be accessed by individuals, groups and organisations with an interest in/working in community based health and nutrition projects in other countries throughout the world. This project, if it can be set up (with Vegfam's input and help), would be vitally important and is greatly needed.
It could cost up to £60,000 to accomplish this and would take necessary fundraising to achieve this goal.
To download the above information as a two page A4 leaflet with photographs - please click on this link: Vegfam Funded Projects 2012 and Projects Under Consideration in 2013
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