In Rwanda, 43% of children under age 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition due to food insecurity, which affects both child development and economic growth. YaLa Africa helps low-income households in Kigali improve their food security and nutrition by providing micro-gardening and nutrition training. Micro-gardens allow families to meet their dietary needs by providing access to fresh, nutritious vegetables every day. They also offer a source of extra income from the sale of small surpluses.
We plant micro-gardens and provide seeds, fertilizer and training on how to use small spaces to grow local crops and improve health and nutrition. By providing low-income households -- especially mothers with severely malnourished children and those affected by HIV/AIDS -- with control over their food supply, we make children less vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition. Since families can sell surpluses on the local market, the micro-gardens also provide a source of extra income.
We will plant community gardens and train 3,000 youth and their caregivers in micro-agriculture, health and nutrition, thus allowing them to have control over their food supply and be less vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition. Our community nutrition surveillance campaign will allow us to monitor the prevalence of child malnutrition. Since the excess produce can be sold, micro-gardens also provide families with a source of income and contribute to the community's economic growth.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).