One child under the age of 5 dies of starvation every 3.6 seconds. For millions of kids, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting - a condition that stunts a child's physical and cognitive growth. Good nutrition is the foundation of child survival, health and development. Farms for Orphans is working to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in one of the world's lowest socioeconomic sectors- orphaned children- through the introduction of small scale edible insect farming, starting in the DRC.
FFO provides food-insecure orphanages with the training, equipment and support to start their own palm weevil grub farms. Grubs are a popular food source throughout the Congo Basin and are high in essential fatty acids, protein, Fe, Ca, Mg and other critical nutrients. Grubs requires far fewer resources (land, water, feed) to produce and generate an equivalent amount of protein as traditional livestock. Moreover, grub sales bring profits comparable to those from other proteins in local markets.
We expect the effect of our program to be a decrease in malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and anemia. Furthermore, insect farming can bring economic empowerment to our orphanage partners through the sale of extra insects at market, transforming orphanages from a drain on the community to a community resource. Orphans may also learn the insect farming process, affording them the skills necessary to support themselves and become productive members of their communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
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