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Fight Hunger in Africa

Sunflowers in bloom.

The Need

In east Africa, about 80% of the population are farmers. Then, why is hunger a problem? 

Last year’s famine in the Horn of Africa has had devastating consequences for millions of people and has demonstrated how delicate the balance of food production is in this region. Even without droughts, food  insecurity…the lack of enough nutritious food… and resulting hunger and malnutrition envelops these communities. Overall 32% of people in sub-Saharan Africa, over 239 million people, are under nourished.  

There is no single reason for this situation. Instead, a number of factors conspire against farmers including:

  • Seasonal rains that make access to water for crops difficult in the long dry season
  • Naturally poor quality soil that has been extensively farmed for 1000 years (vs. about 100 years in Canada)
  • Inefficient and outdated farming methods. Fields are still largely ploughed by hand leading to low yields
  • Remoteness and lack of access to markets
  • Global economics especially crop subsidies and trade barriers by developed countries

While these are significant challenges, we do know that basic changes like increasing the size of a farm from 1 to 5 acres of the right crops can make the difference between a life of poverty and hunger and a life with a healthy future.  That’s where you can make a difference.

Project

The Fight Hunger in Africa project will help women and men farmers in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda become food secure which is a major step in ending hunger and poverty. The program will focus on improving:

  • Sustainable food production of farm households
  • Skills and network of farmers
  • Access to markets and fair pricing
  • Health of the local environment.

A Farmer Field School (FFS) is an innovative CPAR approach that brings about 30 farmers together to build their individual and groups skills and farm production, right in the fields. CPAR’s Fight Hunger in Africa program will use the Farmer Field School method to implement a “curriculum” that consists of:

  • Distributing new improved seed varieties (maize, cassava, groundnuts, soybeans) and basic tools
  • Training on new growing methods like intercropping and row planation using demonstration gardens
  • Making oxen available to schools to increase cultivation
  • Giving farmers goats, pigs and chickens on a pay it forward basis to increase nutrition and income.
  • Farmers are trained on animal husbandry and pass the first two off spring on to another farmer.    
  • Training  on business management, small loans schemes and  increasing access to markets for crops

The Schools work on a pay-it-forward basis meaning that knowledge is shared among community members and resources are pooled or passed on. We also ensure that at least half of the members are women as they play such a critical role in running households in rural Africa. When you support the Fight Hunger in Africa Campaign, you’ll help us achieve our goal of setting up 200 FFSs and making 6500 households food secure.

Start Your Own Campaign

You Can Fight Hunger in Africa by starting your own personal fundraising campaign. For example:

 

$10,000:          Fully develop one Farmer Field School with about 30 farmers

$2,000:            Help four families become food secure… and part of a FFS

$500:               Help one family become food secure…expand  their farm from 1 to 5 acres

 

The Result

Your generous support will help fight hunger in rural Africa! You’re funds will provide the education, training, and supplies needed to empower local farmers to not only grow more food for themselves and their families, but to strengthen the entire community and future generations. In as little as one crop season, farmers will learn to double, even triple their yields.

Your donation doesn’t end with improving crop yields and food production.   Farmer Field Schools empower farmers to become more financially secure.  The money from surplus crops can go towards children’s school fees, loans for improving houses, expanding farms, life-saving medical trips, the purchase of malaria-prevention mosquito nets, and so much more.

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Goal: $30000.00
Raised: $895.00 (2%)

Donors

Matthew Muller
$100.00

boris iwashkiw
$250.00

Ralph Reese
$250.00

Eric Flaten
$25.00

Dusanka Pavlica
$20.00

Hugh Graham
$75.00

James Gamm
$25.00

shawn philpott
$100.00

Generous Donor
$50.00