The Feed The World Small Scale Agriculture Model has been in development for many years and has proven itself as a very effective way to provide long term sustainable solutions to the worlds problems of nutritional self reliance and poverty. This powerful system is composed of the following modules:
Sequential Vegetable Gardens:
As a source of essential vitamins and minerals, our bio intensive garden methods teach families how to grow food using significantly less space and water. They are optimized to be constructed with materials found locally and to grow faster and healthier than traditional gardens at a fraction of the cost. They require no heavy machinery and take less time to maintain.
In our 3rd world projects, families receive ongoing training at our demonstration farms. Using locally found/sourced materials, they build their own vegetable gardens and receive a seed loan. Families apply agricultural best practices like raised beds, staggered plantings, composting, fallowing, and plowing under nitrogen-rich plants to improve the soil. These gardens produce a continuous harvest and provide essential nutrition for the families.
We are currently working at adapting these same principles to teach families in developed nations who want to become more self sufficient. See HERE for more information.
We teach a rotational system of field crops that can be adapted to any size plot. Field crops provide essential carbohydrates and fiber. We also teach families to grow feed for small animals on these plots so that they can be more self sustaining.
In our 3rd world projects, farmers learn and implement sustainable farming techniques. With seed loans, they move from planting mono-crops to planting multi-crops that are rotated to enhance the soil and their production. The multi-crops provide food for the family, as well as the food and fodder for small livestock.
Although vegetables provide some protein, Complete proteins (essential for a healthy body) are more easily obtained from small animals. We teach families to grow small animals such as chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and goats since they are much more efficient at providing essential nutrients while using a lot less water, space and feed than large animals such as cows. These also provide a source of income for the families after their nutritional needs are met.
In our 3rd world projects, once families have planted food and fodder for animals, they receive loans of small livestock . With proper management, they also provide an income source for the future.
Once the families have met their own nutritional needs (and those of their animals), harvested seeds for future use, and paid forward their loans of seeds and livestock, they are encouraged to sell their surplus crops and small livestock in the market. This provides for their needs and allows them to save for the future.
Nutrition and Hygiene:
In our 3rd world projects we also place an important emphasis on teaching the family to understand not just how to grow more types of food for better nutrition, but why those foods are important for their health. We have found that those who truly understand why we teach them certain concepts are more likely to keep doing them after we have left the area.