Food Security Project

 

Story & Background

Right now, food security is an especially critical issue in Malawi. Due to the effects of El Niño, Malawi is currently experiencing a prolonged drought, which has significantly reduced harvests. The country’s most vulnerable communities are at an even greater risk of being food insecure. Because of these specific circumstances, working with the community to develop sustainable solutions to this pressing issue is of primary importance.

While these circumstances persist, students at Nsondole report not eating in the morning before walking or biking to school - which can range from less than a kilometer to a hours long commute - and many report not eating while at school, but only eating when they return home. Imagine a moment when you had an empty stomach and tried to focus on something; this is a critical issue for students success in the classroom.

Theory of Change

If households are food insecure, less students attend school, and less advancement is achieved.

Supporting a vulnerable household during a drought allows them to look towards other focuses like encouraging their school-aged children to do their best in school, the students can focus more readily at school, and therefore, everyone has an opportunity to advance themselves: the student through education and the household through the student’s knowledge and achievement.

Mission

The Food Security Project (FSP) aims to improve nutrition and encourage financial independence by promoting sustainable and environmentally conscious agricultural practices and entrepreneurship within the larger community surrounding Nsondole.

Desired Impacts

  • Students are able to focus on school as a result of being fed

Goals

  • Story Time would like to set up a small shareholder school farm with goats, chickens, and vegetable crops. We also want to create a community led agriculture network.

Criteria of Success

  • 100% of households around Nsondole are food secure.

Definition

The Food Security Project focuses on the following initiatives:

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To learn more about how to contribute to the Food Security Project, visit the Donate page, where you will find specific information about our current campaigns for projects that are most-in-need.