The majority of the world’s poor are farmers, yet millions are malnourished. In rural Rwanda, this disconnect between agriculture and nutrition is striking: 88% of the population grows food for a living, yet 38% of young children are chronically malnourished. This simple concept, that food alone does not equal good nutrition, is at the heart of our mission.
To tackle the root causes of malnutrition, we equip families with seeds, skills, and knowledge to create vegetable gardens, prepare balanced meals, and keep children healthy. Transformative impact is possible by investing in the nutrition of mothers and young children, well-nourished children get sick less often, perform better in school, and are more likely to escape poverty.
Malnutrition is complex. It demands a comprehensive solution.
Gardens for Health International’s holistic approach delivers a long-term solution to chronic malnutrition.
Rigorous data collection is baked into our mission. Our Monitoring and Evaluation Agents visit enrolled families in their homes and conduct extensive surveys to assess the state of their gardens, the nutritional status of the mother and children, the diet of the household, the level of health knowledge and more. We are continuously adapting and improving our programs based on this impact data and feedback we collect through focus groups of graduated mothers.
Farming for life, not just a living
Watch the video to learn some of the farming techniques we teach smallholder farmers!