With the spread of Ebola in Liberia comes food shortage, price spikes, and fear. In a country where so many already lived on less than $2 a day, finding nutritious food to feed one's family becomes impossible as travel is restricted and markets cease to function. Working with three in-country partners who have the capacity to reach those most isolated by poverty and disease, we are providing more than 10,000 packets of tested, appropriate vegetable seeds for those facing hunger to grow food.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In the past we sent seeds to help our partners fight hunger in impoverished Liberia, but today the country has taken a dark turn due to the Ebola threat. Roads are blockaded and curfews are in place. All schools are closed and government offices on 30-day shutdown. The price of rice has spiked 50% and continues to rise. Our partners predict that "starvation season," already an annual occurrence, will be extreme and devastating this year. Many people can access land, but few have good seeds.
How will this project solve this problem?
In the face of limited travel and commerce, growing one's own nutritious food becomes the ONLY solution to feeding families and communities. One household set of 14 vegetable seed packets costs less than $5 shipped, and grows at least 100 pounds of food. Through partnerships with local NGO and faith-based groups, we ensure that seeds reach those most isolated, along with knowledge needed for gardening success. With the help of GlobalGiving donors, more than 10,000 seed packets will be provided.
Potential Long Term Impact
Seeds=prevention, heading off food shortage before it occurs. When a crisis like Ebola hits a limited-resource country, we can "immunize" the food economy by giving thousands of rural people the capacity to take food production into their own hands. In the longer term, seeds can be saved, expertise maintained, and new vegetable gardening skills can continue to benefit families, schools, and farmers.
Total Funding Received to Date: $216
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,784
Total Funding Goal: $2,000