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.
Farming for life, not just a living
The long-term cure for chronic malnutrition isn’t found at a health clinic, but it can be grown in one’s own backyard. We partner with malnourished families to enable them plant home gardens full of diverse vegetables so they have a lasting source of nutritious food. We provide seeds and hands-on trainings in skills like composting, creating pesticides and other techniques to maximize crop yields using resources readily available to families in rural Rwanda.
Watch the video to learn some of the farming techniques we teach smallholder farmers!