Healthy Kids, Healthy Forests: Rainforest Food School Lunches for Health, Conservation and Rural Prosperity in Central America

Competition Finalist

This entry has been selected as a finalist in the
GMO Risk or Rescue? Helping Consumers Decide competition.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Forests is an innovative market-driven rainforest restoration program which motivates communities to reforest with Maya Nut, a native, nutritious, delicious rainforest tree seed. By targeting schools as the market, HKHF ensures a consistent and reliable local market for Maya Nut products from rural women’s cooperatives.

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Section 1: About You

First Name

Erika

Last Name

Vohman

Organization

The Equilibrium Fund

Country

United States

Section 2: About Your Organization

Organization Name

The Equilibrium Fund

Organization Phone

9702754065

Organization Address

Organization Country

Guatemala

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Name Your Project

Healthy Kids, Healthy Forests: Rainforest Food School Lunches for Health, Conservation and Rural Prosperity in Central America

Country your work focuses on

Guatemala

Describe Your Idea

Healthy Kids, Healthy Forests is an innovative market-driven rainforest restoration program which motivates communities to reforest with Maya Nut, a native, nutritious, delicious rainforest tree seed. By targeting schools as the market, HKHF ensures a consistent and reliable local market for Maya Nut products from rural women’s cooperatives.

What makes your approach innovative?

Healthy Kids, Healthy Forests is the first time the Guatemalan Ministries of Health, Education and Agriculture have collaborated to implement a rural development program. This is also the first time most Guatemalan families have eaten Maya Nut because deforestation and globalization have greatly reduced rural appreciation of traditional foods.

How will you sustain your solution?

Healthy Kids, Healthy Forests program need only be subsidized the first 6 months of implementation in most communities. This is because once communities become convinced of the food value and acceptability of Maya Nut lunches, they are willing to purchase Maya Nut lunches instead of the conventional corn-soy-based lunches currently served. Long term sustainability is guaranteed by the reforestation of at least 2000 Maya Nut trees in each participating community.

What will be the impact of your solution?

Conservation of Biodiversity, protection of Soil and Water
Food Security
Improved Health, Nutrition and Performance in School
Economic Stimulation of Rural Economies
Jobs and Educational Opportunities for Rural Women
More effective Partnerships in Guatemala and other Central American countries where we work

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255 weeks ago Ossi Kakko said: Are only maya nuts planted in reforestation or are other species (f.e. nitrogen fixers) which occur together with maya nut in mature ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
256 weeks ago Erika Vohman updated this Competition Entry.
256 weeks ago Erika Vohman submitted this idea.