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Case Study – Malnutrition Reduced by 95%

Case Study for Bioversity International

Following a Letter of Support from Ann Tutwiler, the Director General of Bioversity International.  FPS and Vietnamese program partner – AOG World Relief Vietnam, were invited to participate as a case study in Bioversity International’s project – Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition (B4FN).

The case study can be found at http://www.b4fn.org/case-studies/case-studies/food-plant-solutions-school-gardens-in-vietnam/

This provides both a tangible result, and important recognition by a world leading organisation, of FPS’s significant role to play in achieving food security and ending hunger and malnutrition.

For further information please contact us at: info@foodplantsolutions.org

 


Rotary’s Great Opportunity

 

Rotary’s Great Opportunity

In 1998, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began, polio paralysed approximately 350,000 children per year. Due to the dedicated efforts of Rotary and its partners there has been a decrease of 99% in polio cases.

In 2015, approximately 2,600,000 children under the age of 5 died from malnutrition linked causes.

Like polio, hunger and malnutrition is preventable.

Like polio, Food Plant Solutions needs extensive partnerships.

Like polio, a long-term commitment is needed.

We are calling on all Rotarians to follow ‘End Polio Now’ with ‘End Malnutrition NOW’.

Please contact us at info@foodplantsolutions.org to became part of ‘End Malnutrition NOW’.


January 2017 Newsletter – Inspiring people creating change

Our first newsletter for 2017 contains articles about people and organisations who are making a real difference to the lives of others – it’s inspiring reading.

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News posts from 2016


May Newsletter

There are several big articles in this edition;

  • Read about Rotary’s great opportunity to end malnutrition now.
  • And, Food Plant Solutions has received a Letter of Support from the preeminent leader in our field – Bioversity International.

Plus lots more!

 Please share this exciting newsletter with your network.

 


Letters of Intent with our Program Partners

Food Plant Solutions has 14 Letters of Intent (LOI) signed with Program Partners from all around the world.  The LOI’s document the agreed aims and intentions of both parties and showcase the varied work that FPS is involved with.  A comprehensive list can be obtained here.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us at: info@foodplantsolutions.org


Bioversity International’s Letter of Support for FPS

Recently Food Plant Solutions (FPS) has received a Letter of Support from Bivoersity International’s Director General – Ann Tutwiler.  Bioversity International is regarded as the pre-eminent leader in our field and through the Letter of Support recognise the importance of our work.

We would welcome you sharing this news with your network.

Letter of Support


February Newsletter

Our February newsletter has some exciting news that includes Bruce French’s well deserved recognition for his lifetime work.  We encourage you to share our news with your network.


Letters of Intent with our Program Partners

Food Plant Solutions has 11 Letters of Intent (LOI) signed with Program Partners from all around the world.  The LOI’s document the agreed aims and intentions of both parties and showcase the varied work that FPS is involved with.  A comprehensive list can be obtained here.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us at: info@foodplantsolutions.org


News posts from 2015


November Newsletter

Our November newsletter provides details on some of our latest projects including – an up-date in Indonesia and new projects in Northern Thailand, Philippines and Democratic Republic of Congo.


Hunger – The World’s Greatest Solvable Problem

The World Food Program recently produced this informative clip.


Are you following our updates on Facebook?!

Follow us on Facebook!


August Newsletter

Food Plant Solutions August 2015 Newsletter – read about our developments in Pakistan, a message from our new Chair – PDG Una Hobday and much more!


Order your 2016 Tasmanian Wilderness Calendar!

In 2014 Food Plant Solutions created an inaugural 2015 calendar featuring Tasmanian wilderness photographs taken by founding Executive Director – Buz Green.

We will be undertaking a similar effort for 2016, and continue with the Tasmanian wilderness theme for the photographic material.

FPS 2016 Calendar Mockup

Calendars are printed to paid order only.  Orders and payment in full are required by Thursday the 22nd of October, 2015.

Orders of 20 or more will receive a discount!

Orders of 100 or more will enable your Rotary Club / Business / Organisation to have their name and logo on the front cover with “xxxxx proudly supporting Food Plant Solutions”

The cost is dependent upon postage, so please –  Get in early and contact us at info@foodplantsolutions.org to place an order!

 


May Newsletter!

Food Plant Solutions Newsletter May 2015 – contains information about our exciting developments in Indonesia and Timor, plus much more!


Are you following our updates on Facebook?!

 

Our latest developments will be promoted through Facebook.

Are you following us and keeping informed?

And please, don’t forget to share us with your friends.


Food Plant Solutions in ROTA (Reach Out to Africa) Newsletter

The 2015 April edition of the ROTA (Reach Out to Africa) newsletter featured a full page article on Food Plant Solutions.  It can be found at ROTA (page 16).

We can be contacted at info@foodplantsolutions.org

 


2016 Tasmanian Wilderness Calendar

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In 2014 Food Plant Solutions created an inaugural 2015 calendar featuring Tasmanian wilderness photographs taken by founding Executive Director – Buz Green.

We will be undertaking a similar effort for 2016, and continue with the Tasmanian wilderness theme for the photographic material.

Orders of 20 or more will receive a discount!

Orders of 100 or more will enable your Rotary Club / Business / Organisation to have their name and logo on the front cover with “xxxxx proudly supporting Food Plant Solutions”

 

Get in early and contact us at info@foodplantsolutions.org to place an order!

 


February 2015 Newsletter

Food Plant Solutions Newsletter February 2015 – Our program in Indonesia continues to make great progress, learn how you can become involved!


ARE YOU FOLLOWING OUR UP-DATES ON FACEBOOK?!

Food Plant Solutions progress can be followed on Facebook – are you fully informed?


News posts from 2014


School and Community Garden Brochure

In Your School or Community – Experience the benefits of better nutrition, increased energy levels and concentration by growing a garden and eating the produce you grow yourself.

School and community gardens are a wonderful way to get everyone started on a physically and mentally healthier path by improving diets and activity levels.

 FPS – Community Garden Brochure 2014


November Newsletter – Exciting developments!

Food Plant Solutions Newsletter November 2014 – Exciting developments in Uganda, Timor Leste and China, plus lots more!


2015 Tasmanian Wilderness Calendar – Order Now!

 

Former Executive Director of Food Plant Solutions – Buz Green, has spent a lifetime trekking through the Tasmanian wilderness, which has resulted in him capturing some stunning images.

Taken from Buz’s personal collection and having formatted the Calendar himself, to help raise funds for Food Plant Solutions.

Very limited stock is still available!  

It could be the perfect Christmas gift.

For payment details, please contact us at info@foodplantsolutions.org

 

 


Mobile App Workshop

A dynamic workshop was held recently, for the development of a mobile App that will allow people in developing countries to have immediate access to what foods grow where and what are the most nutritious. Listen to the interview here.

https://soundcloud.com/936-abc-hobart/saving-the-world-with-user-experience


FPS August Newsletter

Exciting developments in China and Indonesia, a review of RI Convention and more all in our latest Newsletter.


FPS at Rotary International Convention, Sydney 1st – 4th June

Be Part of FPS in Sydney!

With Rotary International Convention in Sydney fast approaching, FPS will have a booth there – No. 105. Please visit us when you are in the house of friendship and if you are able to share some of your time with us on the booth, it would be appreciated.

If anyone will be in Sydney early and could assist us in setting up the booth on Friday morning before the conference, please contact Una Hobday@unahob@gmail.com

    Key Information:

  • Break Out Session- Monday, June 2nd, 3.30- 5.00pm

ANZ Stadium – Olympians Room

  • Annual General Meeting- Wednesday, June 4th, 2.00- 3.00pm

Novotel Hotel, Parklands Room

  • Food Plant Solutions booth- Daily, June 1st – 4th
  • Booth No. 105

FPS May Newsletter

Read about the exciting developments with Food Plant Solutions.Newsletter


FPS February Newsletter

Read about projects being undertaken in various countries in our latest latest Newsletter


News posts from 2013


Breakout Session at Rotary International Convention in Lisbon

Food Plant Solutions will be presenting at a Breakout Session with Rotarians Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition at Rotary International Convention in Lisbon. Breakout Session


Rotary International Webinar – Join the Global Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition

Executive Director of Food Plant Solutions, Buz Green, was recently a panelist on the Rotary International Webinar – Join the Global Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition (English version).  Watch this informative presentation and that of the other presenters to see what YOU can do to alleviate hunger and malnutrition. Spanish Webinar Portuguese Webinar


Positioning Statement from our Chairman

Read our positioning statement from Food Plant Solutions Chairman, John G. Thorne Positioning Statement


2013 – 2016 Strategic Plan

In October 2012 the Food Plant Solutions team created a strategic plan covering 2013 – 2016.  From this you can read about our values, our mission, critical success factors, strategic priorities, strategies and reporting under the strategic plan.  The future of Food Plant Solutions is here! Strategic Plan


FPS in the news

Recently the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ran an informative  news segment about Food Plant Solutions. This can be viewed at: www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-10/new-list-of-edible-plants/5081912?section=business


News posts from 2012


Learn Grow and Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group represented at Rotary International Assembly in San Diego

Learn Grow and Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group combined to man a booth at the Projects Fair, as part of Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California from 15-21 January 2012.

An annual event, the purpose of the International Assembly is to educate, motivate and inspire district governors-elect to lead Rotarians in their districts.  Through plenary sessions, group discussions and fellowship activities, future governors gain the hands-on information they need for the coming year.

The activities of Learn Grow mesh very well with the Rotary theme of Peace Through Service for 2012-13 announced by Rotary International President-Elect Sakuji Tanaka, at the Assembly.  “Violent conflicts often lead to hunger and reduced food production.  And the reverse is also true.  Hunger and lack of access to essential facilities often lie at the heart of violent conflicts”, Learn Grow Chairman, Buz Green said.  “Drawing on its extensive database of some 24,000 edible plants, Learn Grow seeks to share knowledge about using local food plants with international food aid providers, helping to bring hope to the hungry and malnourished.”

International Assembly offered a great opportunity to share the Learn Grow vision and show district governors-elect from around the world how clubs in their districts can become involved and make a difference.  Strong interest was expressed in the project, with 27 districts signing up to become actively involved and many others collecting literature to become more informed.

Special thanks is extended to our friends in Australia and overseas who most ably manned the display and spread the message.


Peracto News features the Learn Grow project as its cover story

The April 2012 edition of Peracto News features the Learn Grow journey so far as its cover story.  It’s an inspiring read! view online at: http://www.catalogue.au.com/peracto/april2012/


Learn Grow Chairman presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

Learn Grow Chairman, Buz Green, has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding service of almost 40 years to the horticultural industry.  The accolade was presented at the AUSVEG National Awards for Excellence in Hobart, Tasmania on 12 May 2012.
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End Malnutrition Now: The Evergreen Revolution

The presentation bearing this title made at the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok on 9 May 2012 was a collaborative effort beween Learn Grow and AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center.
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Learn Grow work recognised by international funding agency

The Rotary Club of Devonport North is pleased to announce that it has attracted a grant of $US25,000 from the Monsanto Fund to further the development of the Learn Grow project. Click here


Hungry to help: Bruce French’s quest

Looking for an inspirational read?  Then don’t miss this feature story providing background to the ongoing development of the database of over 24,000 food plants by Tasmanian agricultural scientist, Bruce French. Photos and story reproduced courtesy of Saturday Magazine of 4 August 2012, Mercury Newspaper, Tasmania, Australia. Click here


Farm scientist inspires

The feature on agricultural scientist, Bruce French, published in The Mercury newspaper (see latest news item of 8 August 2012) prompted a letter to the editor of that newspaper by reader, John Tindall.

The letter is reproduced here with the consent of the author.

Thank you for running the story of agricultural scientist Bruce French in the Saturday Magazine (Mercury on Saturday, August 4).  I found the story informative and uplifting. This story deserves to be run on the front page not tucked away in the Saturday Magazine (no offence intended to the magazine).  A lifetime of dedication to the cause of feeding people the world over.  Identifying and using existing natural food sources and providing key information without any financial gain, puts this man up there with gold medal and Nobel Prize winners.  How he has maintained his focus is amazing and inspiring.  He is subjected to the indifference of our Government and others, who are no doubt more impressed with big food business interests and the gains each can make from pushing each other’s barrow.  Our Government could allocate a few million dollars of aid funding to get the information Mr French has produced to the people of the world, who could really benefit from it and in one relatively simple action make a big difference.
John Tindall – Deep Bay, Tasmania, Australia


News posts from 2011


December 2010 Newsletter

Buz Green, Bruce French, Mr  Edward Kingmele CBE,  Permanent Secretary, Ministry  of Agriculture and Livestock  who officially launched the  Solomon Islands program and  Mr Cedric Alependava,  Under Secretary, Ministry of  Health who also spoke at the launch.
Buz Green, Bruce French, Mr Edward Kingmele CBE, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock who officially launched the Solomon Islands program and Mr Cedric Alependava, Under Secretary, Ministry of Health who also spoke at the launch.

Solomon IslandsOur first major program in Solomon Islands. was focused on addressing the rapid population growth in Solomons, and imported foods, particularly rice and biscuits, are becoming major articles of diet. This is not only expensive for the country, but leading to overweight and obesity on a large scale, with all the consequent health problems now pressuring the country’s health services.

Using the information in the FPI database, Bruce has prepared 5 publications to suit various technical levels, including 3 different publications (Leafy Greens, Root Crops, and Fruits and Nuts) for Solomons farmers to use. The project was officially launched in Honiara on August 2010 to an enthusiastic and appreciative reception.

 

 


Fight For Food

The Examiner Newspaper in Northern Tasmania published the short article below on 22 February 2010 (page6). The article suggests that the “Coming Famine” scenario is gaining credibility. To read more about this impending planetary crisis pick up a copy of Julian Cribb’s book The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It.

 

 

 

 


Food plants International On Emerald Planet Television

On 16 May 2011, Bruce French and Buz Green were interviewed on Cable TV station Emeral Planet about Food Plants International and Learn Grow. Bruce discusses his work in various countries and the purpose of Food Plants International. Buz explains the work of Learn?Grow, the role of Rotary and the strategies that have been adopted to make use of the information Bruce has developed.


New Daily Online Newspaper on Food, Agriculture and Climate

If you wish to be up to date with world news about food security, agriculture, food and climate change then please sign up for ComingFamine’s daily online newspaper:
It’s absolutely free: there are no costs or charges in this pro bono service to raise awareness of the global food situation.


International Symposium on Underutilised Plant Species

Food Plants database developer, Bruce French, delivered a presentation at the 2nd International Symposium  on Neglected and Underutilized Species titled “Crops for the Future – Beyond Food Security” held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in June 2011.

This symposium discussed the potential role of underutilised plant species and their contribution to global food security and nutrition, buffering the consequences of climate change and enhancing agricultural biodiversity.

Bruce French’s presentation “Edible Plants of the World – Database” attracted much interest.


“Evergreen Revolution” heralds the future

Bruce French has recently returned from Malaysia where he gave a presentation to people from 40 countries who were attending the International Symposium on Under-Utilised Plant Species.

There is chronic malnutrition throughout the tropical world, with up to one billion going hungry and a child dying every 4-5 seconds from malnutrition.  A child becomes blind due to vitamin A deficiency every minute.  Less well-known but locally adapted food plants, especially leafy greens, are crucial to meeting this hidden hunger.  The changing paradigm for food production using agro-ecological methods is the strategy to produce what is being called “The Evergreen Revolution”.  It is considered the way of the future.


There is an exciting new interest among scientists such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, as well as other national organisations, to research these crops.  They are seeking to highlight the virtues of these plants and this approach, since most so far have been at an individual country or crop level.

The presentation delivered by Bruce about the Food Plants International database of over 23,000 plant species and Learn Grow received a good reception.  In addition, this work was the only one to receive a specific commendation in the final wrap-up session.It is hoped that significant collaboration and distribution networks will develop from the visit and the conference.  A new research centre, focusing specifically on native under-utilised crops, is to be established in Malaysia to give these plants the attention they deserve.


Preserving our crucial food heritage

The respected National Geographic magazine, in its July 2011 issue, reported that the world’s looming food crisis should impel us to preserve our crucial heritage of food species.
The magazine’s concern is understandable – and the clock is ticking. Food variety extinction is happening fast and very little is being done to preserve the genetic diversity of our foods.  Disturbingly, experts estimate that we have lost more than half of the world’s food varieties over the past century.

And this is the potential problem – if disease or climate change decimates the varieties we’ve come to depend upon, we may desperately need those varieties we are allowing to become extinct.  The devastating 19thcentury Irish potato famine is just one warning of a community’s over-reliance on a single food source.
Ethiopia, commonly depicted as a famine-prone region, is one country which has benefited in part from the efforts of renowned plant geneticist, Melaku Worede, who has set out to preserve and rebuild the country’s rich biodiversity.

In 1989, he initiated the Seeds of Survival program – a network of community seed banks that save and redistribute the seeds of local farmers.

Worede believes it is crucial to preserve the region’s diversity, not just in seed banks, but on the ground and in close consultation with local farmers. The challenge has been to show that it’s possible to increase productivity without sacrificing diversity.

A parallel effort is under way with local indigenous livestock breeds. Keith Hammond, a UN expert on animal genetics, says that in 80 per cent of the world’s rural areas, the locally adapted genetic resources are superior to imported breeds.

Preserving food diversity is only one of many strategies we’ll need to meet the challenge of feeding a world population of seven billion, but it is a crucial one.
View the full article at:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/07/food-ark/siebert-text


Visit by Henry Gwao from Solomon Islands publicised in The Advocate of 3 November 2011

With thanks and appreciation to The Advocate (photograph courtesy of Jason Hollister), read the article published on 3 November 2011.

 

Henry Gwao from the School of Natural Resources at Solomon Islands College of Higher Education is currently visiting Tasmania.
He is working with the University of Tasmania and Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research to become conversant with the database
of food plants of Solomon Islands before returning to his home country in December.

 

 


The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia highlights availability of information on edible food plants

The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia is currently highlighting the availability of what it describes as the “excellent, growing resource” of Learn Grow on its website:
http://permaculture.org.au/2011/11/26/learn-grow-edible-plant-information-resources/
It is referring to the comprehensive edible plant list information for a number of specific regions of the world (a work-in-progress) and two plant disks – Edible Plants in Tasmania and Food Plants in Australia. The disks are available and can be purchased from this website.


Learn Grow Chairman wins prestigious award

HAL Chairman Selwyn Snell congratulates award winner  Buz Green - Photo courtesy of  HAL
HAL Chairman Selwyn Snell congratulates award winner Buz Green – Photo courtesy of HAL

Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) recently announced Learn Grow Chairman, Buz Green, as the winner of the Graham Gregory Award.

This award has been the horticulture industry’s most prestigious accolade, recognising outstanding achievements from all sectors in horticulture. Buz is the Executive Chairman of Serve-Ag Pty Ltd, a leading provider of agronomic advice, technology and inputs to farmers.  He has been a significant influence on Tasmania’s earned reputation as a reliable supplier of both processed and fresh market horticultural products over the past 35 years.

Named for the late Graham Gregory AO, the first Chairman of the former Horticultural Research and Development Corporation, this award recognises Buz and his considerable achievements. His expertise will help Learn Grow continue to achieve its aim of helping the hungry around the world to feed themselves.


Learn-Grow in Rotary Down Under

The article is titled “From Little Things, Big Things are Starting to Grow”.  It gives a good summary of our aims and outlines several areas where Learn-Grow can use additional support. RDUarticle


News posts from 2009


Successful visit to Solomon Islands

The Learn?Grow team has returned home safely after a very successful visit to the Solomon Islands. The interest in the project and the enthusiasm for it significantly exceeded expectations and strong indications of support were received.
Meetings were held with a wide range of individuals and groups in three of the nine provinces and included attending meetings of the Rotary Clubs of Honiara and Gizo, the only two in the country.

Meetings involved government representatives in the areas of Health, Education, Agriculture and Rural Development, NGOs including Oxfam, World Vision, World Vegetable Centre, APHEDA and CIP, Rural Training Centres, Church Missions, community organisations and others. Draft publications were introduced to obtain feedback and these were very enthusiastically received, to the extent that many asked whether they could be left with them while we were there. A number of potential channels were identified to enable the information and publications to be extended to remote communities and villages where they are most needed.

Much insightful information was also gained on the many issues that need to be considered in the development of sound extension strategies to support the implementation of the program. A Rotarian from the Honiara Club, Mark Johnston, has agreed to represent the program in the Solomon Islands. Mark is well placed to undertake this role as he is an experienced agriculturist who is seconded to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. The team included Bruce French, Food Plants International, Buz Green, RC of Devonport North, Mary Wharton, RC of Burke, USA, and Troy Melville, film maker. The Rotarians in the team were supported by a Rotary Volunteer Service Grant.


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