Project #20137

Sustainable Nutrition for 823+ Families in Peru

by Feed the World


Through participation in a sustainable farming program, 823+ rural farm families in the Piura region of Peru will develop a buffer between themselves and starvation. Participants learn to provide their families with complete nutrition by planting sequential gardens, raising small livestock, growing field crops, learning proper hygiene practices and money management. Families participate together and are encouraged to pay it forward, creating a lasting impact on their community for generations.
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In the Piura Region of Peru, most of the rural farmers are dependent on the sale of only one or two crops to create income for their families. Unfortunately, when crops fail or the market is saturated, little income is generated and the families go hungry. In fact, the World Bank reports that nearly 30% of young children in Piura have stunted height due to malnutrition. With no other options, these farm families are stuck in an impossible situation that they have little hope of escaping.


Our successful mentoring program helps these rural families to achieve nutritional and financial self-reliance with sustainable agriculture. We teach hands-on courses in nutrition, hygiene, sequential gardens, field crops, and small livestock. As families learn to eat a varied diet of food that they raise themselves, they are protected against unforeseen events in the climate and economy. Excess products are marketed to provide income for non-food items such as school fees and household items.

Long-Term Impact

Our current program in Peru includes over 123 families in Huarochiri and Pacaipampa. We are planning a large expansion in 2015 using the "train the trainers" model in which our staff will teach dozens of new local technicians who will go out to new villages to train more families and expand our reach exponentially. In fact, we are planning to reach about 600 to 800 new families in Frias, Tambo Grande, Chulucanas, and other villages in the Piura region. We need your help to make this a reality!

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Feed the World

Location: Enumclaw, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Erika Ward
Administrative Assistant,
Enumclaw, WA United States
$2,492 raised of $99,536 goal
31 donations
$97,044 to go
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Garden Seeds & Basic Start. Provides the cost of vegetable seeds plus introductory nutrition and gardening training for a family that will learn to consume a varied diet for increased nutrient value.
Kitchen Hygiene Kit. Covers cost of proper hygiene training for food preparation, consumption, and storage. Kit includes wash tub, bowls, plates, cups, utensils & other kitchen tools for safe cooking.
Sustainable Garden. Provides cost for a family health assessment and hands-on training as they learn to plant, grow and harvest vegetables designed to address their specific nutrition deficits.
Crop Module Training. Covers the cost of seeds, fertilizer, and tools to help families learn advanced growing and diversifying techniques to provide varied nutrition, animal feed, and surplus income.
Small Livestock Starter Package. Provides the value of initial investment to purchase small animals and proper housing. Includes lessons on animal care, breeding, raising, and product safety training.
Goat Starter Herd. Provides the cost of a starter herd of goats to be used for dairy and meat products. Includes training in proper animal care, housing, breeding, milking, and safe product handling.
Sponsor a Trainer. Covers the cost of training a villager in a valuable career as a program trainer. By educating a trainer, your donation has the potential to help hundreds more become self-reliant.
Our Peru technicians desperately need a replacement 4 x 4 vehicle to traverse the steep mountainous terrain to reach the neediest remote villages. Your generous donation can help make this a reality.
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