27 years of war have devastated the agricultural memory of the rural inhabitants of Angola. Parents have been unable to pass on their knowledge to their children, causing them to lack the capacity to effectively cultivate their own fields.
9 out of 10 people go hungry in Huambo (Angola)
The war is one of the reasons why Angola is not able to produce its own food, being forced to import basic products, due to the rising cost of products such as milk, flour, etc. 92.5% of the population of Huambo, Angola suffers from food insecurity and in this context, being able to achieve food sovereignty is impossible.
What is food insecurity?
Food insecurity leads to the undernourishment of populations, causing people to be unable to lead healthy lives. Girls and boys cannot study or learn, and pregnancy poses a risk to women and babies.
Farmer Field schools
We are carrying out a project of field schools for rural communities, an effective strategy in the fight against hunger in African countries, supported by the FAO.
Farmer Field schools are a widespread methodology that consists of gathering 30 future farmers together in an open field. They then define a priority crop and start work in test fields where the most advanced methodologies are compared with those of the farmers.
Our training not only ends in teaching how to cultivate and harvest their fields, but we also help them diversify these crops, manage them, and learn what foods can be the most nutritious for their children and families.
A real change
Apart from an increase in the production of crops and improvement in the nutrition of their families, farmers can also begin to sell part of their crops. This income helps them improve their crops by investing in tools, as well as passing on their knowledge to their children.