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World Food Day 2021: The joy of providing food for your family 

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Margret is a volunteer leader – or Animator – at The Hunger Project’s Oruka community in Uganda, and a proud mother of 11 children. In a recent conversation with us, Margret shared how partnering with The Hunger Project shifted and expanded her mindset.

For Margret and her family, exorbitant land rental meant that the family couldn’t cultivate enough food. This resulted in an ongoing and seemingly endless cycle where they could only afford one meal a day.

Margret then had the opportunity to attend one of The Hunger Project’s tried and tested Vision, Commitment, Action workshops. Her attitude about living in hunger changed, and she began to see her mindset as the greatest obstacle to obtaining what she needed most in her life.

Margret’s dream had always been to raise healthy children by having enough food to feed her family, so when she got a chance to become a local farming leader, she seized it. Her attitude towards farming and access to land changed completely.

Margret saw that you don’t always need to have a vast piece of land to grow enough food, you just need to be smart about how you use the land you’re given.

During the training, she was introduced to small plot and learnt sustainable backyard farming. Margret began to grow vegetables in sacks behind her house using organic compost from kitchen scraps and chicken manure. This ensured that vegetables such as Sukuma greens, eggplants (or garden eggs as they’re called in Uganda) and spinach were available throughout the whole year. This meant a regular source of nutritious food. This meant at least three full meals for her family each day.

These days a typical meal plan for her household comprises of a cup of millet porridge and roasted maize or boiled cassava for breakfast. Lunch is largely bean sauce, millet bread and dark leafy vegetables while dinner is comprised of cornmeal/ rice and vegetables.

The most important lesson Margret learnt from The Hunger Project’s workshops is that no matter the size of one’s farm, children should never be deprived of having enough nutritious meals for their proper growth.

Margret now wakes up each day knowing she has secured her dream of ending her family’s hunger.

“Seeing my Children satisfied after a meal brings me much joy.” – Margret from Oruka.

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World Food Day 2019: The Moringa Plant

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Today is World Food Day! This year, World Food Day is focusing on healthy diets for a zero hunger world, because healthy and sustainable diets should be affordable and accessible to everyone. 

The Moringa Plant 

We know that the key to achieving a nutritious diet entails empowering communities to leverage local, natural resources. This is why we run workshops about the highly nutritious moringa plant.

Often dubbed the ‘miracle plant’, moringa is grown across Asia, South America and Africa. It is drought-tolerant, durable and grows rapidly, making it ideal for low-income, rural communities. The wood is soft and perfect for wood-burning stoves. The oil from the plant can be used as a substitute for vegetable oil and used in soaps, lamps and food production equipment. The greatest use for moringa, however, is nutritional.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, just 25 grams of moringa leaf powder supplies a person with their entire day’s calcium and vitamin A needs, half the day’s protein and potassium needs and  three-quarters of their iron needs for the day. Eaten as a vegetable during meals, moringa leaves improve childhood nutrition, birth weights and the quality of breast-milk.

In our program country Benin, The Hunger Project has had success with a program called Moringa ++. The program promotes the cultivation of moringa trees in epicentre communities to contribute to the overall food security of these communities. People also grind and package moringa leaves to be sold and generate an income. This helps make it easily accessible for families to purchase and include in their diets.

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Header photo by Johannes Odé