What impact have you had?
The main impact is rural & village empowerment where 99% predominantly live on subsistence farming and have little income, using and utilizing local resources & knowledge in their natural environments productively to safeguard the well being of villagers and their respective communities with possibilities of selling access produce to markets in the city. Such a program will unite the community, will compassionately adapt food cultures of the old with the new, it will create interaction of values from old to new about food production with a modern twist, it will create skills and maintain them for future generation and protect food & seed capital and its value. It will revive dormant traditional recipes & food preparations using local produce alongside the newer favorites of rice and canned foods, which will enhance & embrace food production in nutrition and for the betterment of all, recipes can be reproduced to market and to circulate to nearby villages and further improve other lives. It will change attitudes to value their local resources and move away from the culture of dependancy and poor food habits.
Working with the well established Berth Brown Memorial Group who run the village Men’s, Women’s, Youth & children’s Sunday school, although these are church run organizations most of the 6,000 villagers are in someway involved, the groups raise funds themselves and have little to no funding from elsewhere, much of the village needs are discussed and met through these groups, Grounded Nutrition will be a community project that will be the undertaking of all theses community groups, with the necessary funding, planning and seed cultivation can begin and areas cleared & designated by the groups with the “Pukari men” or Village chiefs guidance & instructions on what best to plant where and at what season. Certain cultural rituals and blessing are bestowed on plants for good harvest, which are traditional food cultures that will be practiced in the process & learnt by the young. Women & young girls will learn nutritional value to add to meals. Health workers & nutritionists can be invited to host workshops about various crops & their nutritional value & promoting good food cultures.
Better Health & healthier people & communities.
Utilization and improved resource management.
Better infant & maternal health
Food Security and through education the understanding of maintaining seed & food capital.
Promoting traditional food values and passing on the knowledge & skills for future generation.
Reducing culture of dependency and transition in a more compassionate way culturally & economically.
Value local produce & promote its value
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
Our Idea is developing on what is already entrenched but just forgotten. Our aim is to reignite & give local villagers their right to valuing & appreciating their resources. Our action is to educate, promote, fund & guide the villagers to do what they already know.
Funding will provide avenues of training & education and the materials required to disseminate to the villages and general public for awareness. Funding will allow the purchase of a tractor & tools for digging and clearing bush & trees.
The first year will be discussing, planning, purchasing necessary equipment and locating suitable areas to work from. Making the various groups aware of the project and collecting and planting seed nurseries and caring for seeds. Getting Elders & Community to promote & Support project and get involved.
The second year will be clearing and labor-intensive work by the groups to prepare areas for planting, old trees felled, digging and preparing for planting. Continuous training from experts and local chiefs on the care and maintaining young plants. Ground crops are annual and harvested earlier however most local fruit take 3-5 years for a good harvest.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
Although our Idea is simple, organization and funding are key factors that prevent the success of such a community project, villagers especially along the coast of PNG are facing severe climate change with rising sea levels destroying crops and communities and creating food and localized insecurities. Giving people the right tools to work with help them to help themselves, with the right guidance and local knowledge will not only educate them to be self sufficient but will empower whole village communities, this project can be replicated in any of the nearby coastal village communities that lie on the gulf coast of PNG and also on any other similar coastal villages, the people of Iokea are already set for such a project and need your help.