An organic school farm

The project aims to provide the Amida school with an organic school farm and gardens, which will also grow medicinal plants, improving students and teachers’ nutrition, attendance, academic results and prevent malaria. The farm will also contribute to the financial security of the school and its teachers while strengthening and diversifying sources of income. Ultimately this will improve the quality of teaching and strengthen the capacities of teachers. Children will be encouraged to form youth clubs to ensure that the farm and gardens are tended to even during the school holidays. The project also aims to spread the knowledge and use of ecologicals methods and their practice at the school farm/school garden in the community and throughout the region and develop a network of agro-pastoral farms.

Founded in 1998 MAPROFAM is a registered charity in the DRC. It is aims to support and provide assistance to farmers' organisations and families in the fields of education, agriculture, health, community development, energy and the environment.


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Type

Education / Health / Environment / Community Development

Duration

May 2020 - April 2022

Location

Mbanza-Ngungu / Democratic Republic of Congo

With whom

MAPROFAM

Website

https://maprofam.net

Democratic Republic of Congo

Population
84 million (2018)

Per Capita Income
USD 490/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
64% (2011)

Literacy rate
85% (2016)

Human Development Index
176th out of 189 countries (2018)

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the largest Francophone country in Africa and endowed with vast natural resources. It has over 80 million inhabitants, fewer than 40% of whom live in urban areas. The country is still recovering from a series of conflicts that broke out in the 1990s, creating a prolonged economic and social collapse. DRC is now the second largest hunger crisis in the world after Yemen. Since 2016, the long-running crisis in the east has forced some 4.8 million internally displaced persons to flee from their villages and lose their agricultural livelihoods and jobs. The number of food-insecure people almost doubled from 7.7 million in 2017 to 13.1 million in 2018. Access to food is a daily struggle for a significant part of the population, and an estimated 5 million children are acutely malnourished. Nevertheless, subsistence farming is prevalent in DRC, with families producing 42% of the food they consume.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.