You can support the Feed Villages program that aims to educate local farmers in ways of bio-intensive farming which is an effective, healthy, and sustainable agricultural technique. The program promotes community seed saving to support biodiversity and restoration of tree covers in villages. Additionally, the program often produces extra food that is donated to local schools and orphanages.
Why we picked this campaign?
1. Organization has a proven track record of sustainable community development
2. Project is run by an inspirational community leader in rural Kenya
3. Because bio-intensive farming is an effective technique for increasing farming yields and income for farmers
Why this project is needed?
In Kenya, women do up to 80% of the farm work yet they only own 1% of the land and receive as little as 5% of farm input and other support. However, research shows that if women are taught effective agricultural methods to increase their yield, food production would increase by at least 20%. In addition to feeding their families, profits received by women from their increased yield are more likely to be invested in family health and education which is critical in alleviating poverty in the community.
Common Ground has trained thousands of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa in the technique of bio-intensive farming over the years resulting in 6 times more food produced per unit area while using half the land, water, and fertilizer used in traditional farming methods. Each donor will receive information about the women being trained with your donation.
Common Ground is a fiscally sponsored project of Village Volunteers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural village and capacity-building programs to support the development of sustainable solutions for community survival, education, and growth. Their vision is to build sustainable communities that reach their full potential in the areas of health care, public health awareness, environmental conservation, access to clean water, sanitation, education, food security, and economic stability. Today, they work in rural villages in Kenya, Belize, India, Ghana, and Nepal.