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The Food Plant Solutions project continues to attract much interest and support around the world as its potential to address malnutrition in developing countries is recognised.

Program Countries:

As of April 2016, Food Plant Solutions (FPS) has materials (or is in the process of developing them) for over 30 countries, including;

·         Indonesia

·         Timor Leste

·         Kenya

·         DR Congo

·         DPRK

·         Angola

·         North West China

·         Solomon Islands

·         Bangladesh

·         Northern Thailand

·         Cambodia

·         Ecuador

·         Lesotho

·         Pakistan

·         Papua New Guinea

·         Philippines

·         Haiti

·         Western Pacific

·         Madagascar

·         Sierra Leone

·         Guinea – Conakry

·         Mozambique

·         Nepal

·         Sri Lanka

·         Tanzania

·         Uganda

·         Vietnam

·         Swaziland

·         North East India

·         Nigeria

·         Ethiopia

·         Myanmar

 Partners:

A key part of FPS’s success is due to the importance placed on forming long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships.  With this focus FPS has the following signed agreements:

Partners / Supporters:

Program Partners Letters of Intent:

  • Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation – Indonesia.
  • Southern Africa Development Outreach – DR Congo.
  • ECHO Asia Northern Impact Centre – Northern Thailand.
  • Rotary Club of Los Chillos Milenio – Ecuador.
  • Partners in Community Transformation – Kenya.
  • Korean Friendship Network – DPRK.
  • Rotary Club of Toliara – Madagascar
  • Dr Tassawar Hussain Malik and Rahmatullah Qureshi – Pakistan
  • Ganglha – China (Qinghai Province)
  • Abedin International Inc., Dhaka, – Bangladesh
  • Smiling Faces Uganda – Uganda
  • Women Centre of Excellence – Tanzania
  • AOG World Relief Vietnam – Vietnam

Achievements / Feedback:

INDONESIA:

A significant program is underway in Indonesia with our partner – the Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation.  Full details on this program can be found at https://foodplantsolutions.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/FPS-in-Indonesia-151215.pdf

Daniela Bustillo, Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM) – “Congratulations on the excellent and useful work that is Food Plant Solutions. As we work closely with the community in growing vegetables and healthy cooking methods/nutrition, we truly value the combination of information about growing requirements and nutritional values in a practical way.”

Gloria, Crisis Care Bali – “Well done for this wonderful book.   This is so important to those of us who want to improve the intake of nutritious food for our local villagers, especially here in the remote areas of north Bali.”

 VIETNAM:

After a pilot programme in 2012 at Truong Dinh Nam Primary School with AOG World Relief Vietnam, where children were taught the nutritional value of herbs and vegetables significant progress has occurred including:

  • Gardens have been established at a number of schools in the Quang Nam Province with teachers educating the students on the nutritional value of various plants (using the FPS field guide) and showing them how to plant and look after them.
  • The students at the schools have also been enjoying the benefits of the plants they have grown as they are provided with lunch at school.
  • Initially the children only tended the plants at school, however, now they are provided with seeds to take home and plant; – families are now starting to grow more of their own plants and vegetables
  • Encouraging feedback has been received from the local authorities and rural development officials in the rural communities regarding the school gardens and the potential for not only improving the nutrition of families in their communities, but also increase their knowledge regarding better farming techniques.
  • During training at one of the schools, the school guard was outside the classroom looking through the window and listening. The guard had worked as a farmer for most of his life and as the information about the nutritional values of various plants was shared, he became very interested and subsequently asked for a copy of the guide. He referenced Cassava during the conversation (along with other plants) saying that he had farmed this plant for years never really knowing the nutritional value of it. He was very excited to want to learn more about the various plants. 

AOG World Relief Vietnam aims to continue to establish Food Plant Solutions gardens in schools in the rural communities in Vietnam and as a result, see healthier, happier and more prosperous families.

 TIMOR LESTE:

  1. Sisters at the Mary McKillop Mission who were running a number of health clinics in the outer district embraced the FPS program and FPS publications. Training occurred and is now being delivered through their health clinics
  2. “This is capacity building at its best.” – (the late) Reece Tehan.

 ECUADOR:

Richard Miller – Rotary Club of Los Chillos Milenio – “In closing, I just want to say “BRAVO” for your work in producing materials such as this guide.  To me, it’s a perfect example of what Rotary is all about.  Well done!”

KENYA:

Jeremy Penner – Treasurer and Co-Founder – Partners in Community Transformation:

  • I believe the field guide has been very useful in helping plan some sustainability livelihood activities, helping community members diversify their crops and income sources and have home gardens for improved nutrition.

 Mr Elijah Onjolo – Farm Manager:

  • The Food Plant Solution guide has been very useful in supporting our sustainable program. The organization of the guide is well structured and easy to understand. Most specifically it has:
  • Helped in creation of awareness to our farmers on the values indigenous foods that have more nutritive values, drought tolerant, higher income.
  • Provided information on sustainable diet where mix farming applies. In this regard, farmers have been trained to have varieties of crops so that they can access food throughout and reduce the risks of crop failures in case of drought or pests & diseases attack.
  • Helped in soil and water conservation and farmers have been encouraged to recycle farm wastes as form of soil and water conservation hence buffer soil fertility resulting to increase production. At the same time has encouraged farmers to mulch their crop during dry spell to preserve water and later form part of soil fertility
  • Farmers have established kitchen gardens to address food security for improved nutrition, use local seeds especially indigenous vegetable seeds for future generation and also to reduce cost of production.

 FIJI:

  • A housing project added an FPS component, achieving substantial results.
  • Using FPS publications training was provided for prospective residents to start their own vegetable gardens in particular growing Fijian varieties plus others that Indigenous and Indo/Fijian families now use on a regular basis.
  • Part of the program involves the children being taught about healthy vegetable and fruit plants and the growing of, including income generating projects.  Great training for the future and they enjoy it.
  • A covered bus shelter was built, which doubles as a market where once the children have caught the bus to school many of the residents take their vegetables to sell to other residents and also passing public members.  
  • This project demonstrates the benefits of value adding a Food Plant Solutions component to existing programs. Not only is the community able to feed themselves and their families nutritious food sustainably, but the ‘excess’ enables income generation.

 SOLOMON ISLANDS:

A program has been developed in the Solomon Islands, with guides and posters created and shared with potential stakeholder organisations, including government ministries.

As renowned local leader, the late Joini Tatua said: “These publications will give the people of my country access to very valuable information they have never had access to before.  I believe this work is very, very important and I strongly support it”. 

Many thousands of the publications have been distributed and resulted in a considerable interest and awareness in growing traditional foods.

Isabel Schools subsequently also utilised the FPS publications. Using the materials provided by FPS in the schools allows better understanding of the food benefits of each crop and letting the children identify and distinguish between crops through both excellent visual pictures and quality text. 

 

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