Throughout Africa, The Hunger Project’s mobilizes the population for community-led development thatemanates to the surrounding areas. Through this fully integrated development strategy, community members establish and manage their own programs to address food security, nutrition, health, education, microfinance, water and sanitation. CBM is currently in Phase 1, during which communities are mobilized to participate in Vision, Commitment and Action Workshops to develop their own vision of a different future, and local volunteers, called “animators,” create action plans for moving forward. For the CBM project The Hunger Project will work towards improved rural development through sustainable improvement in access to nutrition of the rural population in the district of Ntcheu in Malawi. A particular focus of the project is the inclusion of people with disabilities
The Hunger Project promotes a holistic approach to food security, and many of its activities contribute to increased access to sufficient food but also improved diets, greater nutritional variety and stronger ties to local resources. Most importantly, THP trains animators, who, with support from existing local and government institutions (farmers’ cooperatives, agricultural extension workers) hold trainings in farming technologies (row planting, field rotation), seed and soil types, and low-input yield-improving techniques (organic compost, microdose fertilizer application). The trainings take place at the epicenter demonstration farm, where crops are grown for consumption by the community and distribution to local school meal programs. For CBM there is a strong component in agricultural training as well as a focus in the inclusion of people with disabilities through advocay and awarness trainigns.
Additionally, THP implements an Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund. Through this fund, participating local farmers access seed and fertilizer loans at the start of the planting season. These loans are repaid post-harvest through in-kind reimbursement of bags of grain. This grain can then be sold at a fair price to the community over the lean season, not only improving food security but also re-capitalizing the loan fund for future lending.
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