Food Security – it’s a basic human right.

Imagine every person having access to a nutritious, safe diet.

Imagine the impact upon them, their children, their community, their country.

Imagine contributing to a project knowing that you made a real difference.

Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group creates educational resources that increase awareness about highly nutritious local food plants; explaining how to grow them (sustainably), what nutrients they contain and how the human body needs and uses those nutrients.  With your help we can continue to change lives.

Message from the Chair

Dear Members and Friends,

Happy New Year!

During the break I read the recently released “The Tasmania Project Cost of Living Survey;” the results were shocking

“One in 2 (51%) of Tasmanian households has experienced food insecurity over the previous month. This is double the rate recorded in May 2021,” was just one of the findings. I am embarrassed as it is my home state.

It made me wonder about why the work we do is not getting through to people in countries/ states that are not deemed third world countries. Countries deemed as third world are asking for the information we provide, as they see the resources that are empowering people to build gardens, and thus having nutritional food available for all, makes an enormous difference.

A philosopher Lao Tzu, suggested “Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime”.  That is the tenet we live by.  How do we do that in every community in the world?

Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action group has grown enormously in the last few years, (you’ll see a table later in the newsletter that shows this). But to go to the next level we need more committee members.

We urgently need:

  • A Treasurer
  • Marketing people
  • Person who have skills in managing webinars etc
  • Fundraisers
  • Sponsors
  • Publication Team Members
  • Administration skills
  • And more!!

Can you help, or know of people who can help?

We are “Imagining Rotary “and “dreaming big and taking action” with your help, but we need to do more.

I am looking forward to meet as many of you as possible, at the workshop we are presenting at a breakout session at the Convention in Melbourne in May, or at our Booth.

Yours in Rotary,

PDG Una Hobday OAM, PHF

Chair – Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group

Free Resources

Potentially Important Food Plants of Zimbabwe (English) has recently been finalised and is available from our website.

Potentially Important Food Plants of Democratic Republic of Congo (English and French version) have recently been completed and are available from our website.

We welcome your feedback at

Enhancing Health and Nutrition in Uganda

A recently completed joint project in Uganda linking Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group, the Rotary Club of Jinja (Uganda), and the Rotary Club of Southport Links (UK) has been so successful there are calls for its expansion.

Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group (FPS) aims to combat hunger and malnutrition and ensure food security. They empower people through education so that they can make informed choices about highly nutritious local food plants; what to plant, grow, and eat, to achieve a diverse, sustainable, nutritious diet.

The plants identified in each programme; agreed upon between FPS and the partner, are firstly known to grow in the country, are high in nutrients and grow with minimal inputs. This approach benefit communities while safeguarding and strengthening the capacity of individuals, particularly women, to provide food security, health, and nutrition for their families.

The publication packages are based within five booklets. One main booklet “Potentially Important Food Plants of Uganda” describes in detail the plants.  It also provides the nutritional levels that each plant contains along with an explanation as to how the human body uses that nutrient. This is intended for use by appropriate government departments, NGO’s, community leaders, health centres, teachers, etc. that are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of communities.

Four additional booklets (Picture Guides) are a more basic format with far less text, charts, and academic information; more dependent on annotated images and diagrams. These provide visual information on the plants, sustainable growing practices, as well as information to identify and combat common pest and fungal attacks. The Picture Guide set is divided into the headings of: Leafy Greens and Vegetables, Plants for Healthy Diets, Fruits, and Nuts; and Good Gardening and Root Crops.

The publication package for Uganda was completed in English in 2016, these have since been translated and included on the FPS website into Lhukonzo and Luganda languages, covering limited and specific communities within Uganda. The latter by volunteer teams from The Rotary Club of Jinja.

These translations provide access to rural co-operatives, women’s groups and subsistence farmers who often do not speak in English but do so in their own tribal language and frequently read in that language also.

The link between Jinja and Southport Links Club was formed in 2020 with the then Club President Rtn. Faustine Victor Ngarambe and Rtn. David Taylor. Faustine runs the St. Francis Health Care Services, and one area of support is that of AID’s orphans and their ‘grandmother’ carers. These grandmothers have formed women’s groups covering more than 500 families. Amongst the support provided is guidance on agricultural on land adjoining the Health Care Centre. The intention of this training is to empower the women with skills to grow food, providing a nutritious diet to their charges and families.

The information in the Food Plant Solutions booklets was conveyed to the women’s groups during their training supported with the Picture Guides and online translations. (150 sets of the ‘Picture Guides’ were printed in Kampala thanks to support from the Southport Links Rotary Club). These booklets were printed in English and so were used by the trainers instructing the groups.

Testimonial from Rtn Kiberu John Chrysostom- RC Njeru

“As a social worker and youth mentor who spearheaded the translation of Food Plant Solutions booklets into Luganda, I have witnessed this farm literature contributing highly to information given regarding growing and production of root and leafy foods into communities. Since St. Francis Health Care services supports vulnerable households to improve nutritional diets for the sick and weak, social workers and community-based trainers have managed to train communities with ease using both the Luganda translated and English version. At the same time the trained members use these books for references and reading to help other farmers, hence increased knowledge on the Food Plant Solution program. The empowered communities of grandmothers, women, and adolescents with farming skills, have received vast support mechanism from the trainers through practical skills in growing food plants and vegetables. Productive demonstration and back yard gardens of food and plant crops have been realized through usage of Luganda translated Food Plant Solution booklets. I, therefore, recommend and advocacy expanded utilization of the literature into the entire region of Buganda and Uganda at large.”

Further Rotary Clubs in Uganda may be interested in replicating this approach with translations of the Picture Guides into the main tribal language of their areas. If your Rotary Club is already involved with projects in Uganda this approach could be a most beneficial enhancement.

Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group and Rtn. David (Muzee) Taylor of Southport Links Rotary Club are prepared to provide guidance to the Rotary Clubs across Uganda who wish to empower local communities with this material enabling healthy and nutritious diets across the nation.

This program is not limited to Uganda and can be replicated world-wide. Please contact for more details.

Simple, Effective and Sustainable – Fresh Foods for Families

Are you looking for a project that will address more than one of the Rotary seven areas of focus?  This straightforward project can support a local, national or international community in;

  • Fighting disease.
  • Saving mothers and children.
  • Supporting education.
  • Growing local economies.
  • Protecting the environment.

This is a one-day gardening workshop, which teaches participants the basic gardening skills they need to be able to grow their own fresh foods.

It is straightforward to organise, particularly as there is a manual to guide a team or committee through the entire process. This easy-to-follow set of instructions, Fresh Food for Families Event Guidelines is available, free from Food Plant Solutions;

or contact Kate Domeney

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In just over 10 years Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Groups has grown exponentially.

The unprecedented level of need the world now faces is represented through increased requests for our materials.  Never before have we had so many individuals and organisations requesting our materials.  The need is great.

Our approach is proven to work and our growth demonstrates this.

More and more people and organisations are finally recognising the importance of local food plants and the role they have to play in ending hunger, malnutrition and ensuring food security.

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