Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand

by Amani Foundation
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand
Ensuring Food Security for Children in Maasailand

Did you know that between supply chain interruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic + disruptions to the global food supply due to the war in Ukraine, the world is experiencing a global food shortage? With the effects of climate change, this will likely get worse for most developing nations.

Corn is a critical crop in Tanzanian life, and at Amani Children’s Home. Corn makes up nearly 80% of the children’s diet & is the most accessible source of carbohydrates. Most of the corn produced in Tanzania is exported to Kenya and other parts of Africa. This can cause high prices for Tanzanians.

Right now corn supplies are low all around in Africa! Demand is higher and last year a lack of rains and poor harvest means this year’s crop will be smaller. Amani's working hard to plan ahead and build sustainable stocks of food stores to guarantee healthy diets for all of our children! Learn more about our work!

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Shockingly, firewood doesn't grow on trees. It's a resource that is growing increasingly scarce in the area of Mto wa Mbu, We expect to see a ban on wood harvesting for fuel purposes in the near future. Amani uses firewood to cook meals for over 60 people a day. That's about several hundred pounds of wood a month! Given this, it was important for our community to start looking for ways to decrease our reliance on timber. 

As we've shared before, sometimes solutions come from unlikely places. Biogas is a safe, clean, and cost-effective energy alternative to timber. But these digesters need a source of organic waste to run. Pigs are an excellent resource, because they consume the food scraps and husks from the crops produced at the center, and their waste is used as fuel for the biogas digester. They can also be sold as pork, which is in high demand, and the profit can be used to purchase healthy plant and animal foods to improve the diets of the children. Another exciting bonus is that pigs and biogas are both environmentally friendly! The cattle at Amani are sold to purchase the pigs, which have a smaller environmental footprint. Biogas is also a clean source of energy, prevents deforestation, and is safe for children to be nearby. It’s a win-win!

As we embrace this new energy system, the Amani Children’s Home looks towards a greener, cleaner, and healthier future! Amani has broken ground on both the biogas digester and pig husbandry buildings. In the coming weeks, both facilities will be ready for use! This means clean energy + an additional source of income for the center. This will bring us closer to our goal of long-term financial and environmental sustainability. We will be excited to share updates on the completion of this project in our next report!

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From our Tanzanian Team:

Pig project  

Pig farming is one of the anticipated projects which took off this year, this project has two-phase and is expected to complete as early as March.

The first phase, which is taking place now is to build the one-room house of a person who will always stay on the farm to keep and secure the farm during the night, this phase includes the one-room,  tiny house, toilet, and sewage system.

 The second phase, will start as soon after the completion of the first phase, and this one will concentrate on the pigsty construction, this pigsty is expected to have seven rooms for keeping 9 sows, a male room, two piglets rooms which can house up to 20 piglets and storeroom. 

Pork is in high demand and upon completion of the construction work, we expect to start raising pigs, selling the piglets, pork meat, or the sows, which will contribute to the center income boost the income of the center.

Our special thanks go to the Brady Family who has tirelessly contributed to raising funds to start this project this year, also our special thanks go to Amani Foundation as well for facilitating and leading the effort to introduce this project to the Brady Family, who started the fundraising work on the first week after the introduction and good presentation of the project presented on 4th December 2020.

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From Our Tanzanian Team: Corn is the staple food for Amani home. It contributes to 80% of the Amani diet. Most of the corn produced in Tanzania are exported to Kenya and other parts of Africa, since the outbreak of the corona disease Tanzania has seen a huge drop in its export to other countries, especially Kenya. This has led to a drop in the price of one bag of maize in the local market. This marks the perfect time to buy more bags of corn for the next year, once the exports resume, the price might go up and make it hard to acquire enough bags not only for this year but also for the next year. Donations like your have helped us purchase 16 bags of maize for the fall - thank you for your continued support!

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The kids helping get dinner going at Amani!
The kids helping get dinner going at Amani!

Corn is a key staple food for the Amani center. It contributes to 80% of the Amani diet. Most of the corn produced in Tanzania is exported to Kenya and other parts of Africa. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease, Tanzania has seen a huge drop in its export to other countries, especially Kenya. This has led to a drop in the price of one bag of maize in the local market.

This marks the perfect time to buy more bags of corn for the next year. Once the exports resume, the price might go up and make it hard to acquire enough bags not only for this year but also for the next year. Amani is currently securing future food security by purchasing and storing staples on site. This ensures full plates and nourishing meals when they're needed most! 

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Katharine Thompson
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Katharine Thompson
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