A Food Revolution to Reconnect Our Nutrient Chain

A Food Revolution to Reconnect Our Nutrient Chain

LiberiaKabul, Afghanistan
Year Founded:
2010
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Sustainable conservation agriculture (SCA) is a different kind of greener revolution. It is an empowering movement for small stakeholder farmers to revolt, and reclaims their soil and environment so that they could get the nutrients to grow their health, longevity and prosperity.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Our productive and sustainable solution is unique because it can address a multitude of issues face by today’s expanding global population such as shrinking suitable arable land, declining soil potency, water shortage, and expensive fuel and agro-chemicals. Most of our food production is grown at the expenses of our environment, economy and farmers, and they are operated by mostly women stakeholders which are the most vulnerable group.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

SCA is smarter farming with a one-stop solution. As an empowering movement, it uses updated scientific agricultural knowledge to increase and improve food production and builds sustainable income using local inputs. Studies showed that SCA using a 4000 square feet bed can provide a complete nutritious diet for a person annually with some leftover for income production. SCA maintains social, environment and economy sustainability. It allows for an extensive usage of available labor from family and community leading to social cohesion and justice. Moreover, it encourages a harmonious relationship with human and nature using concept of recycling, management and protection to increase soil biodiversity. It requires only minimal inputs.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Chipo lives in the African urban slum with her three kids but one died young due to malnutrition and her husband left her for the city to work and never came back. Chipo was introduced to CSA but her main problem was lack of suitable cultivated land, and so we taught her to grow crop vegetables in bags of soil tied together to make a 100 square feet outside her home. She was successful and able to feed her family. She also formed a group with other women to do the same but each having to grow different crops and then sharing the outputs. Soon they are able to afford a goat and some chickens from selling the excess vegetables. The women started a micro-finance system to help their fellow friends and to propagate the CSA.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Many parts of the world are using CSA in ‘bits and pieces’ but never in a complete system like us. Therefore, the data about it is not absolute but almost all have been positive. The world contains about 470 million smallholder farms with almost all operated by women. CSA has the ability to provide a complete and balanced diet with all the macro and micronutrients for 8 persons per acre annually with enough remaining for income production. Imagine Africa where 33 million small farms produce the bulk of the nation’s food supply. If we take the math of 2 hectares per smallholder farm then we have about 82 million acres in total in Africa that can feed a population of 652 million Africans or 60% of the continent annually and forever. CSA can be a revolutionary idea to transform people’s live and elevate them out of poverty and food insecurity.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

CSA is employable at any settings and sizes. It works best for small farms. The model is financially sustains from participants’ tuition fees, sponsored community trust fund, profits from selling crops, and setting up sponsored training facilities throughout. Another financial model can involved charging certification fee for approved CSA farm. Of course, by winning this competition we are able to get a head-start in executing our plan.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Global food production is generally approaches on a large scale using unsustainable mechanized chemical or organic farming. The food value is often supplemented with fortification and hybrid breeding. CSA differs by engaging women farmers who hold the largest share to apply cost-effective principles such as small bed preparation, composting, crop rotation, and et cetera. It unites and uses all family labor and local resources without expending on fertilizers, soil amendments, and heavy farm machinery. All the works can be done with little land and resources. This is our advantage.
Team

Founding Story

As a physician by trade, I am most concern about the nutritional effects of food on our human growth and potential. My ‘aha’ moment came when I was listening to President Clinton giving a speech about challenging us to find solution for food security. This was later deepened when I heard the world’s leaders at the UN discussing about insecurity of women and children. Therefore, I wanted an innovative solution to solve this ineffective nutrient chain. Our idea must be adaptable, cheap, uses local resources only, unifies communities and families, and most importantly, empowers women and children. We wanted an idea that uses women as Changemakers.
About You
Organization:
Organization for Research and Community Development Global
About You
First Name

Chun

Last Name

Wong

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Organization for Research and Community Development Global

Organization Country

, KAB, Kabul

Country where this project is creating social impact
Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them

ORCD has been recognized and honored with numerous provincial and international awards since its inception in 2011.

International:
• Aga Khan Development Network for sustainable management
• GIZ-DETA on behalf of Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in agriculture
• International WorkLife Balance Award for contributing to welfare of women in society

Provincial:
• Department of Women Affairs (women empowerment) in Daikundi
• Women literacy training in Baghlan
• Baseline Nutrition Survey using SMART methodology in Kandahar
• Provincial Coordination and Management Committee for agricultural projects in Baghlan

Nutrients For All
Where do you ensure the availability of nutrients?

Healthy environments., Nutrient-rich farming.

If you had greater capacity, which additional sectors would you like your solution to target - either through expansion, partnership, or thought exchange?

Full nourishment foods, Human wellness and vitality.

How specifically would this added capacity help you improve the quality, efficiency, or sustainability of your existing product or service?

The benefits of CSA can be extended by collective gathering of the outputs in a community food store and kitchen. The centralized location provides community members a space for sharing ideas about developments and support in health, business and skills trainings, and the processing of food procurement, preparation and distribution. A community kitchen is a great place to also learn how to cook and eat healthy, and to store excess food away from bugs and rodents. This capacity building is beneficial to create nutritious food for the people and promotes wellness.

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