Rotary action Group
Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group
Rotarian Action Groups conduct international service projects that further the Object of Rotary. In February 2011, Rotary International officially recognised the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group (RAG).
The Food Plant Solutions RAG was launched at the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans on Sunday, 22 May 2011 by former lead counsel at the World Bank and 2009-10 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award recipient, Peter Kyle. Total registrations and RAG memberships exceed 4000 Rotarians from more than 100 countries and all 540 Rotary Districts.
The objectives of Food Plant Solutions are to:
- Promote the Food Plant Solutions program and its potential to Rotarians, clubs and districts internationally.
- Facilitate the development of Food Plant Solutions programs in developing countries
- Promote the incorporation of Food Plant Solutions into existing aid projects.
- Develop a platform for communication between groups implementing Food Plant Solution programs to enable them to share information on the methods being used as well as information on the strategies that have been more or less successful.
- Foster membership of the RAG.
- Ensure the RAG is at all times compliant with RI regulations.
The purpose of the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group RAG is to support the development of Food Plant Solutions programs based on the global database of Food Plants developed by Tasmanian agricultural scientist and Officer of the Order of Australia recipient – Bruce French. FPS aims to provide support to Rotary groups and other aid providers to develop programs throughout the developing world. With support, each program group will undertake its own projects, in its own way, in its chosen country of need.
Help us save children dying from malnutrition
- Join the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group Rotarian Action Group
- Facilitate the establishment of a Food Plant Solution program in a new or existing project
- Help us to raise funds or gain sponsorship to help sustain or valuable work
- Promote Food Plant Solutions with people or organisations who can help further develop the project
*Membership fee of $A20 is for life membership (one off fee).
Food for Thought Event
Take Food Plant Solutions to your club or community by making any regular meeting a Food for Thought (FFT) event. This event has been developed to create awareness and support for Food Plant Solutions.
The FFT event consists of a video presentation and may include a very basic one course meal. It is an opportunity for Rotarians and others to experience a developing world meal and learn about malnutrition. It provides ‘FOOD for THOUGHT’ on these very important issues. This event can be run as a normal breakfast, lunch or dinner club meeting. Clubs are encouraged to invite key community members to join the meeting, learn what Rotary is doing and encourage them to donate funds to this important project. The meal should cost substantially less to provide than a normal meal. We would suggest that clubs charge the normal meal cost and donate the balance of funds from the meal to Food Plant Solutions. This can be done by using any of the donate options on this site. If the special meal poses too great a challenge an alternative is to run the event with a regular meal and encourage donations. It makes for an interesting and entertaining meeting and some clubs has proven to make a fun meeting which has been warmly received by many clubs.
If you wish to receive a copy of the presentation on disk you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Raise awareness and increase understanding of Food Plant Solutions
- Include Food Plant Solutions in existing or new aid programs
- Establish a school or community garden in a developing country
- Increase awareness of Food plant Solutions within Rotary and the wider community
- Raise funds to support Food Plant Solutions
- Encourage volunteer service.
To run the event you will need:
- Computer with a disk drive
- Data projector and screen
- Amplifier and speakers
May not be typical, but it is representative of a developing world meal and is simple to prepare.
For each person use: 100 g dry rice, 100 g fresh chopped cabbage and 100 g fresh chopped onion.
Cook the rice (adding salt to taste). Cook cabbage and onion and mix with rice and serve in a bowl. Also prepare ‘dirty water’ that is safe to drink by dissolving 1 teaspoon of drinking chocolate in a small amount of boiling water. Make up to 2 litres with cold water and serve 200 mls per person.
Conducting the event
A placemat is provided that can be printed off to use with the meal. Tables should be set with the place-mat, a spoon and a glass of ‘dirty water’. No extra condiments or sauces are recommended. It is suggested that the video presentation (14 minutes long) be run before the meal is served so that participants understand what they are eating and why. The placemat has questions for participants to provide answers during the meal. A sheet with the answers is available. You may wish to run this as a competition or as general information.
Also included in the kit is a project overview and copies of protocols which provide guidance on undertaking Food Plant Solutions projects.
Download Briefing Paper on Food Plant Solutions (479 KB) Download Food Plant Solutions Protocol for Engagement (410 KB) Download Exploring and Implementing a Food Plant Solutions Program in a New Country or Region (381 KB)
If you intend to run a FFT event please register your details with us so that we can follow-up with your Club.
We welcome feedback on your Club’s participation in the event.
Do you have questions? Do you need more information?
Email us at email@example.com
Talk with us about how the vision of the Food Plant Solutions project can be shared with other Clubs and the wider community. Together, we CAN make a difference.
If you are unable to download the FFT event you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and request the FFT disk (be sure to send us your mailing address).