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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 January 2017, Food Plant Solutions (FPS) has materials (or is in the process of developing them) for over 30 countries, including;

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Indonesia

 DR Congo

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Timor Leste 

DPRK

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Kenya

 

Angola

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North West China

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Solomon Islands

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Bangladesh

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Northern Thailand

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Cambodia

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Ecuador

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Lesotho

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Pakistan

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Papua New Guinea

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Philippines

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Haiti

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Western Pacific

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Madagascar

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Sierra Leone

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Guinea – Conakry

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Mozambique

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Nepal

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Sri Lanka

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Tanzania

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Uganda

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Vietnam

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Swaziland

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North East India

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Nigeria

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Ethiopia

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Myanmar

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Rwanda

 

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.
  • Teacher In A Box
  • 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
  • Jean Nepomuscene Sibomana representing Golden Zebra Enterprise – Rwanda
  • Women Centre of Excellence – Tanzania
  • AOG World Relief Vietnam – Vietnam
  • SUP Wilderness Adventures – Vanuatu

Case Studies:

Bioversity International’s project titled Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition (B4FN) is described as ‘finding ways to mainstream agricultural biodiversity into national and global policies and programmes tackling nutrition and food security.  B4FN is working to address growing concerns over the rapid disappearance of traditional crops and wild species by promoting and lobbying for the use of nutritionally promising species, as well as by documenting the knowledge associated with the preparation, storage and cultural use of these foods.’  Using an FPS program in Vietnam – with partner AOG World Relief Vietnam, a case study report was written- http://www.b4fn.org/case-studies/case-studies/food-plant-solutions-school-gardens-in-vietnam/ 

Achievements / Feedback:

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, school gardens have been established in the provinces of Dai Hung and Tam Phu.    Significant achievements have occurred including:

  • Dr Khanh, a professor at the University of Agriculture in Hue translated the field guide and training was conducted with the staff a number of schools in the Quang Nam Province.
  • At the school gardens the teachers educate the students (using the FPS field guide) on the nutritional value of various plants 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 a nutritious lunch at school.
  • Initially the children only tended the plants at school, however, now they are provided with seeds to take home and plant there, so the families are starting to grow more of their own plants and vegetables.
  • The skills the children learn now will benefit them should they become farmers as many of their family have.
  • Schools are saving money each month from not having to buy food, which means this money can be redirected to other necessities for the school.
  • There has been an increase in enrolments as parents feel more confident in the school’s ability to provide for their children nutritionally and give them safe clean meals. This in turns frees up the parents to increase their household income they have more time to work now that their children are being cared for.
  • Malnutrition has significantly reduced – one school has seen a reduction of 80%, another 95% – IN ONE YEAR!

 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.

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.”

 TIMOR LESTE:

  • Sisters at the Mary McKillop Mission who were running a number of health clinics in the outer district embraced the FPS program and FPS publication Training occurred and is now being delivered through their health clinics
  • “This is capacity building at its bes” – (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 publication 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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