Eating and living better tomorrow
Gardening, permaculture, eco-farming, urban vegetable gardens, micro-farms... These solutions are now considered true sustainable and ecological agricultural alternatives for achieving food self-sufficiency. Urban or rural gardening is also a way to empower women.
Stop Hunger supports Nonhlanhla Joye, and her start-up Umgibe Farming Organics, allows 3,000 families from the Durban townships in South Africa to survive. Original and easy to reproduce, this idea of small crops of fresh vegetables above ground, accessible to all, has become an economic and social model of market gardening micro-cooperatives empowers women and surrounding communities, creates jobs and boosts local economic activity, while respecting the environment.
In Paraisópolis, a highly impoverished neighborhood of São Paulo, our new program, Horta na laje (rooftop vegetable gardens), provides training and tools for mothers to grow small organic vegetable gardens together to feed their families and generate an income by selling part of their harvest.
In the Happy Chandara pilot school near Phnom Penh, the association Toutes à l’école teaches and feeds 1,200 girls six and older, who are among those most in need. Partners for three years, we have donated over USD 40,000 to create new permaculture vegetable gardens at school. Not only they will produce a third of the fruits and vegetables consumed (7 tons/year), they contribute to the training of schoolgirls, their parents and local farmers in sustainable agriculture techniques.
In the far north of India, near Tibet, we contribute to feeding 700 students, aged 4 to 24, in seven boarding schools. Fresh vegetables are grown yearround, in solar greenhouses at more than 3,500 meters of altitude, and by -15 °C minimum. We are funding this brand-new program of the GoodPlanet Foundation, chaired by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, to support L.E.H.O. and H.O.K.A., two local NGOs.