Malnutrition robs children of their futures
This can be prevented
The Food Plant Solutions project was designed to address malnutrition through the use of readily available and local food sources. We create educational publications that help people understand the connection between plant selection and nutrition, and empower them to grow a range of highly nutritious plants with differing seasonal requirements and maturities. We identity food plants that are potentially important for a country or region because they are suited to the environment, they are high in nutrients and they grow with minimal inputs. This is a self-sustainable solution that empowers people in need, not just for now, but into the future.
Deliberately Food Plant Solutions does not send people in-country, but forms partnerships with existing aid providers who use the FPS publications to educate communities, and particularly women and children, on the nutrient value of their local foods. Not only does this sustainably address malnutrition and food security, it also empowers women. In many cases this will increase incomes, particularly for women, which benefits the family unit as a whole, and it safeguards and strengthens the capacity of women to provide food security, health and nutrition for their family. Most projects (whether they be housing, water, schools, maternal health, etc.), would be further enhanced by adding a Food Plant Solutions component to them. Most people who are in dire situations require a sustainable way to grow and access nutritious food.
With program partners, FPS encourages the establishment of demonstration food gardens in schools and communities, as these provide ongoing education and improve the health and nutrition of participants, who are provided with nutritious food prepared from these gardens.
With some of our programs achieving a reduction in malnutrition by as much as 95%, this approach is proven, cost-effective and sustainable.
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History of FPS
Tasmanian agricultural scientist and Officer of the Order of Australia recipient – Bruce French, has spent over 30 years on a voluntary mission to document information on all the food plants of the world.
Bruce has established a database of over 29,500 edible plants, which continues to grow. The database contains descriptions, countries and climatic zones of the plants’ origins, photos, edible parts, and cooking methods. Nutritional information is available for a selection of these plants. All information in the database can be reproduced in a number of formats including CD, DVD, books and PowerPoint presentations.
Rotarian Buz Green, of the Rotary Club of Devonport North in Tasmania (D9830) developed a relationship between the organisation behind the database, Food Plants International, and Rotary to establish the Food Plant Solutions project.
Since June 2007, Buz Green and Bruce French, with the support of the Food Plant Solutions committee, Rotary and other volunteers, have transformed Food Plant Solutions from a concept into a dynamic international project that has come to the attention of Rotary and other organisations tackling malnutrition around the world. The preeminent leader in our field – Bioversity International, has recognised the significance of our work in a Letter of Support.
Approximately 5 children a minute, under the age of 5, die from malnutrition.
1 in 4 children under the age of 5
are afflicted with stunting.
Malnutrition robs children of their futures and it is preventable.
Food Plant Solutions is an innovative solution to end hunger, malnutrition and ensure food security that is sustainable, cost effective and proven to work. It’s simple – identify and grow the best local foods, that are highest in nutrients, to meet the nutritional needs of malnourished people throughout the world.
ROTARY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
In 1985, when PolioPlus 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.
And yet, every minute 5 children under the age of 5 die from malnutrition.
- 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.
- Food Plant Solutions empowers people but particularly women, to understand the connection between plant selection and nutrition. We create educational publications, which are designed to quantify the nutritional value of the food and educate care-givers on what foods are more nutritious. The publications address malnutrition and food security and empowers women, who are often the main providers and purchasers of food in the family.
- We form partnerships with existing aid providers, which reduces cost and duplication. This is a very cost effective approach.
- We can link in with existing aid projects – most people who are in challenging situations also require nutritious food. This is as applicable in places like South Sudan, where people are in conflict and turning to ‘bush’ foods to survive.
- A partner only needs to give FPS information on where the project is and FPS can create the publications as described above. Field trips to determine suitable plants are not required, as the FPI database contains all the required information.
- Food Plant Solutions is based in Australia and is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation.
- Food Plant Solutions provides an annual audited financial report.