We are not currently supporting any community projects, but in the past we have supported a variety of small initiatives to support community development. Countries we have worked in include Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Rwanda, Kenya and Malawi.
Many of our projects have focused around finding innovative and sustainable methods of improving nutrition and fostering household resilience. With the world’s population is expected to surpass 9 billion by 2050, estimates suggest that global food production will need to expand by 60 percent from current levels. Meeting this massive additional demand will require concerted action on a number of fronts, including efforts to increase the production and consumption of currently under-utilized and under-appreciated foods. It is essential that such efforts are environmentally sustainable and socially appropriate, otherwise they will ultimately fail.
Examples of past projects
Working with the Centre for Livestock and Agriculture Development (CelAgrid) in Pursat Province, Cambodia we set up the edible cricket farm project, aiming for 100 households across 10 villages producing crickets for both consumption and sale. This “proof of concept” project was intended to be easily scalable to meet increased demand.
In Malawi we worked in Kasankha Bay, Mangochi District with The African Moringa and Permaculture Project (AMPP) to develop permaculture gardens and providing permaculture training and income generation activities for households. This project demonstrated the potential of Food Forests, sustainably managed, ecologically sensitive, bio-diverse and productive agricultural systems that enhance and replicate the structure and diversity of natural forests, to provide greater food security, nutritional diversity, a source of income and a means to increase resilience to climate change in Kasankha Bay.
In Rwanda we partnered with the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP), a volunteer organisation staffed by students from the National University of Rwanda. The project aimed to improve the livelihoods of rice- growers in Nyanza marshland in Huye district, Southern Rwanda. The project provided quality seeds, promoted the use of organic fertilizers and established an economic enterprise model with five farmer cooperatives. RVCP students were co-beneficiaries, gaining skills, learning and knowledge through their actively participation in the project.