FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION
Ensuring that people of the world have enough to eat is our primary mission. But permanently solving the problems of hunger and poverty requires a comprehensive, holistic approach that provides livestock along with other resources and training to help families feed themselves.
On the Ground:
We train and support small-scale farmers to achieve year-round availability and access to diverse and nutritious food, as well as provide access to water and improved sanitation by:
Placing Livestock with Families
Livestock play a central role in most of our work, both as a strategy for ending poverty and achieving food security and proper nutrition. We train and support farmers in all aspects of improved animal husbandry and veterinary care, and increased animal production through improved feeding, housing, breed selection and artificial insemination. Seeds, farm tools and equipment also are provided.
Establishing Homestead Farms and Gardens
Training on agricultural techniques such as zero-grazing and crop rotation helps small-scale farmers increase production, resulting in more diverse foods that offer vitamins and minerals essential to healthy minds and bodies. Foods rich in iron and Vitamin A—meats, eggs, fish, whole-grain bread and legumes—are then readily available to more families.
Passing On the Gift
Farmers who have received a gift are required to pass on the equivalent to another family in need. Whether they pass on the offspring of an animal or something else, Passing On the Gift can amount to essentially transferring half of one’s wealth for the benefit of others. Passing on the Gift is a chain reaction that multiplies successes so that, eventually, entire communities thrive on past achievements.