The majority of the world’s poor are farmers, yet millions are malnourished. In Rwanda, this disconnect between agriculture and nutrition is striking: 80% of families grow food for a living, yet 35% 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, since 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 approach. Gardens for Health International’s holistic model 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.