Food and water security and climate change mitigation for rural women and children

by Quaker Service Australia

(NGO)

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An effective 2-year model teaches agriculture to women and children, their families and communities, to achieve food, water and income security.

Project implemented: 2010-2016 (evaluation period, but projects on-going)

Project goal

To promote sustainable and community-focused organic farming as a means to achieve food and water security and increased hous

delivering on

why is this project important?

It expresses in a practical way the concern of many Australians for the building of a more peaceful, equitable, just and compassionate world

Key steps to make it happen

1Nutrition and food securi

Teach crop production using alternative eco-farming and climate change mitigation adaptation practices

2Enterprise generation

Engage participants in enterprises that generate both food and income through affordable and sustainable agro-based practices

3School gardens

Develop strong agricultural and environmental practices in schools through food gardens

impact to date

520
women and their families achieved food security through 3 nutritious meals a day
19
community support groups formed
45
schools maintaining and deriving school meals from their food gardens

The overwhelming majority of project participants achieved: - Increased income - Training and experience in leadership and collaboration skills; - Improved nutrition and food security; - Agricultural skills developed and strengthened; - Networking and learning from each other; - An understanding of climate change and its impact on their livelihoods, and how to adapt or mitigate it; - Improved crop and livestock production; - Quality post-harvest handling and surplus production marketing.

This project supports marginalised, vulnerable women, children and their families who live in extreme poverty. They receive training in organic agricultural farming practices alongside measures to manage their environment in a sustainable manner that will benefit future generations.

The project seeks to enhance rural communities’ capacity to deal with more severe and disruptive weather such as droughts as well as environmental degradation, through the application of innovative farming practices such as alternative cropping methods, agro-forestry and drip irrigation.

At the same time, the adaptation of eco-farming and sustainable livelihood practices strengthen household food security and livelihoods so that participants can realise an increase in income.

A schools component works with students across several schools to learn about and develop sustainable climate-responsive, integrated organic farming practices and environmental awareness.

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