Building Food Security
Food security is chronically poor in Zaka due to recurrent droughts, poor farming practices, high unemployment, and political instability. Malnutrition is a contributing factor in one-half of all childhood deaths. Building food security is essential to improving health and strengthening and equipping families to overcome extreme poverty.
Biointensive Organic Farming
We train local communities in nutrition and biointensive farming. The methods we teach require minimal space and water and use no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Families and communities learn how to develop highly-productive gardens that produce wholesome food year round.
Biointesive farming can change
Even with minimal space, little water, initially poor soil, and no chemical fertilizers or pesticides, families using biointensive farming methods can expect a two to six-fold increase in the output of their land. In addition to making gardens more productive, biointensive farming helps to preserve precious topsoil and biodiversity and recycles nutrients back into the soil through composting. The approach is community-based, low-cost and sustainable–and even contributes to a greener environment.
Unfortunately, investment in agriculture in developing countries is often directed to the production of a single staple crop such as maize. While providing calories, maize does not provide all of the nutrients necessary to build good health. VillageWorx is part of a growing movement focused on nourishing people, not just feeding them. A key part of our agricultural training teaches what to grow and eat to improve health and boost immunity to disease.