Women's Development Foundation – Promoting Sustainable Agriculture, Nutrition Training & Income Generation

Women's Development Foundation – Promoting Sustainable Agriculture, Nutrition Training & Income Generation

Papua New Guinea
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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Our proposed idea is to rekindle, stimulate and promote useful traditional food production & practices through education and community workshops. We will hand down these skills to the young & instill value of local resources while adopting more effective and modern agricultural methods for productive food security, sustainability and income generation.

About You
Iokea Village & Women's Development Foundation
Section 1: About You
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Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Organization Name

Iokea Village & Women's Development Foundation

Organization Phone

00 94 772772409

Organization Address

Berth Brown Memorial Church, Iokea Village. Gulf Province. Papua New Guinea

Organization Country

, GU

How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on

, GU

What makes your idea unique?

Women’s Development Foundation will promote sustainable agriculture, nutrition training & income generation. Our approach is unique because it combines old and new traditions in agriculture and food preparation. It will create skills and maintain them for future generation and protect food & seed capital and its value. It will educate the low lying coastal villages to utilize their resources effectively and learn to maintain sufficient food production to provide sustenance for Iokea & the many other villages like it. It will revive dormant traditional recipes & food preparations using local produce alongside the newer favorites of rice and canned foods. Women’s Development Foundation brings together old and new traditions for a grounded & healthy people. We will bring new agricultural technologies and training to rural farmers.

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Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

The main impact is rural & village empowerment. In this region, 99% predominantly live on subsistence farming and have little income. With better understanding of local resources, natural environments and modern agricultural technology, farmers will be able to go beyond subsistence farming and sell their products in the market. By transforming the way food is grown, produced and cooked we will unite the community, and compassionately adapt food cultures of the old with the new. This will also create new skills and maintain them for future generations. The project will also educate Papua New Guineans about the importance of protecting food & seed capital. We will work with women to revive dormant traditional recipes & food preparations using local produce alongside the newer favorites of rice and canned foods This 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. The project will change attitudes to value their local resources and move away from the culture of dependency and poor agriculture and food habits.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

IIokea Village is a small coastal Village on the Gulf of Papua. It is one of the least developed areas in Papua New Guinea, it is facing adverse weather conditions, rising sea level due to climate change and hasty economic & cultural transitions, it is abundant in rural land & marine resource however traditional ways are dying out fast as young people steer away from anything traditional and find worth in drugs, alcohol & fast food. There is increasing poverty, over 50% of population under 20 years of age most are unemployed and live in villages like Iokea, they turn to stealing and cause localized insecurity. Women’s Development Foundation aims to create an environment of worth through interactive skills of food production & valued culture from the old to the new in maintaining food capital. Lack of education and funding are the greatest obstacles denying villagers like Iokea to improved nutrition and better food production.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

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 some way 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, Women’s Development Foundations 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. Crops will be designated and cleared by the groups with the “Pukari men” or Village Chiefs guidance. Chiefs and experienced farmers will provide 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 will be invited to host workshops about various crops, their nutritional value & promoting good food cultures.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

-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
-Alleviating poverty
-Reducing culture of dependency and transition in a more compassionate way culturally & economically
-Value local produce & promote its value
-Income Generation
-Gender Equity

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?


If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

Good Partnerships provide resources of education, information and resource facilitation. It is important to value and work with a range of partnerships to share and improve ideas. Government departments have material and information that rural projects can have access to & utilize to benefit & support their projects. Opportunities to attend workshops and forums locally or internationally funded by or organized by local and national governments give opportunities to villagers who would otherwise never have the opportunity. Forging and maintaining a network of all related stakeholders such as NGOs, community leaders, Government, private business all can assist rural projects and empower communities and it is therefore highly important to the success of project such as ours.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

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The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

I have lived overseas for over 20 years and visit my Village & family from time to time, on every visit I have seen the decline in traditional culture, the tranquility of the village replaced by noisy drunk & drug induced youths, the staple of sago & fish replaced by canned tuna & rice, the young girls mistreated and domestic violence rife. Changes in climate destroy the coast & crops and has adverse effects on my village & other coastal villages. I got talking to the Village Women’s group who occasionally gathers at my mum’s or aunties for their usual weekly fellowship and realized that they have had ideas to develop the community however are unable to do so as the village has no electricity and they have no access to funds, together we discussed ideas and one of the ways proposed to alleviate the growing problems was to educate the community in sustainable food production, rekindle traditional food cultures and customs and educate and pass the skills on for the future. It was then that I set out to help them seek funding to improve the livelihoods of my fellow villagers and secure a better sustainable future for tomorrow’s children.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

I am just an ordinary Papua New Guinean woman concerned for the safety and future of my beloved Iokea and fellow villagers. I have supported many charities and continue to do so today. I am currently a homemaker however have a vision to change attitudes and mindset from the village/ rural level communities where 85% of Papua New Guineas live on subsistence economies living from day to day. I believe with access to Internet and the outside I have a purpose to bring about development and change for the betterment of Iokea and also many other villages like it all over the world.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Email from Changemakers

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Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Social norms, Economic or institutional constraints.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

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Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology training, Creation and maintenance of market linkages for women's economic outputs.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

Education on how to sell produce in markets

If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

Which type of women will your project reach directly?


In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

It is led by a woman/women., It is led by a woman/women from a developing country., The core project team includes women., The core project team includes women from developing countries..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?