Food Plant Solutions
(incorporating Learn Grow)
Malnutrition reduced by as much as 95%
Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group (FPSRAG) is a dynamic project, that focuses on addressing malnutrition, hunger and food security through the use of readily available local food plants. FPSRAG creates educational resources that help people, particularly women, understand the connection between plant selection and nutrition, and empowers them to grow a range of plants with differing seasonal requirements and maturities. It’s a self-sustainable solution to hunger, malnutrition and food security.
The work is underpinned by the Food Plants International database of edible plants for all countries of the world, developed by Tasmanian agricultural scientist and Officer of the Order of Australia recipient, Bruce French. This database contains information on over 27,500 edible plants for all countries of the world, and includes details such as: how to grow, where to grow, what parts are edible and nutritional information. Malnutrition and other serious health problems, such as blindness, intellectual disabilities, anaemia and impaired growth are due to the lack of balanced nutrition in the diet. FPSRAG use the database to identify locally adapted food plants with the highest level of nutrients that are missing from the diet, with the objective that people can grow their own food to overcome these serious conditions.
FPSRAG is actively addressing this issue and attaining international recognition from world leading organisations but more importantly achieving real results, with malnutrition reduced by as much as 95%. FPSRAG is changing lives.
Based in Rome, Bioversity International is the world’s largest international research organization dedicated exclusively to the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity. Following a Letter of Support from Ann Tutwiler, the Director General of Bioversity International, FPSRAG and Vietnamese program partner – AOG World Relief Vietnam, were invited to participate as a case study in Bioversity International’s project – Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition (B4FN).
The case study can be found at http://www.b4fn.org/case-studies/case-studies/food-plant-solutions-school-gardens-in-vietnam/ .
This provides both a tangible result, and important recognition by a world leading organisation, of FPS’s significant role to play in achieving food security and ending hunger and malnutrition. As the case study demonstrates, this approach has enabled malnutrition to be reduced by as much as 95%.
Currently FPS has materials (or is in the process of developing them) for over 30 countries. Further details on our programs can be found at: http://foodplantsolutions.org/programs-category/programs/
Rotary has a great opportunity. In 1998, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began, polio paralysed approximately 350,000 children per year. Due to the dedicated efforts of Rotary and its partners there has been a decrease of 99% in polio cases. Like polio, hunger and malnutrition is preventable. Like polio, Food Plant Solutions needs extensive partnerships. Like polio, a long-term commitment is needed. We are calling on all Rotarians to follow ‘End Polio Now’ with ‘End Malnutrition NOW’
Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group
Rotary International announced the official recognition of the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group, it was launched at the 2011 New Orleans Rotary Convention.
The purpose of the Action Group is to support the District 9830 Food Plant Solutions project in assisting developing nations to achieve food security and reduce malnutrition by embracing the following objectives:
- Promote the establishment of Food Plant Solutions groups in districts internationally.
- Encourage these groups to implement programs on local food production in the 80 developing countries with the highest rates of infant and child mortality, guided by an established Protocol For Engagement.
- Facilitate communication between Food Plant Solutions groups so that experience in delivery of local food production programs is transferred between groups and enable continuous improvement in delivery.
You can make a tax deductible donation to Food Plants Solution via Rotary Australia World Community Service
Further information can be found at their web site http://foodplantsolutions.org/ Food Plant Solutions Website
Food Plant Solutions Contact
Chair: PDG Una Hobday. [Hobart]