I always look forward to speaking to you each quarter to tell you of our successes. We, in Tasmania have just finished hosting the Rotary Australia and New Zealand Conference 2018, where 590 Rotarians came together to celebrate Rotary and learn from each other. We provided a showcase for 25 Rotary programs, one being Food Plant Solutions RAG. It was a thrill to meet so many Rotarians from Australia and New Zealand, who visited the Food Plant Solutions RAG booth. One of the questions I was asked was “can you give me a quick précis of what you stand for and what you do and how we, my club, or my district can help.” So I thought I would share it with you.
Food Plant Solutions is the only Rotary Action Group outside the US. We are a resource for all Rotary Clubs around the world. We provide educational publications that help people understand the connection between plant selection and nutrition, and through education, empower them to grow a range of highly nutritious plants with different seasonal requirements and maturities.
All of our work is underpinned by the Food Plant International database, developed by Bruce French OAM, with over 29,835 edible plants, from all countries of the world.
What do we need to do our work? We need $500 from every club every year to make a difference to the malnutrition levels in the world. We have already had much success, but we need more assistance to develop as many publications as possible ready for the requests that come in to our office. We have some waiting for our help already.
This simple solution can reduce the loss of life and improve mental and physical development. Around the world, especially in poor rural and urban areas, malnutrition is a serious problem for babies, infants and their nursing mothers. Every minute 5 children under 5 die from malnutrition. You CAN make a difference.
Yours in Rotary Service.
PDG Una Hobday, Chair, Food Plant Solutions