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Compost for Food

Working towards prosperity by creating food security.

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Household Food Security, Nutrition, and Livelihoods IDP. The standard definition of household food security addresses three essential dimensions: the availability of food (i.e. sufficient agricultural production), access to food (i.e. the ability of obtain food for cash resources or in kind) and the proper utilization of food (i.e. the ability to make use of available food for a balanced diet).

The Project deals especially with the last two aspects, i.e. access and utilization of food. The term nutrition puts even more emphasis on the third aspect, and the term livelihoods stresses an approach that puts IDP’s returning at the center of development, builds upon their strengths rather than their needs and unifies different sectors behind a common framework.

Explain your idea

1. The primary objective of this project is to develop an urban farm in southern Herat the purpose of food production, creating long term food security, education and community empowerment for IDP. 2. To increase agriculture production, horticulture and livestock in an integrated and targeted approach that will improve rural livelihoods of IDP and will contribute to their health and nutrition. The proposal has four components: • The collection of organic waste and transforming it to bio-organic compost • The use of specially designed solar-greenhouses that generate renewable energy and form a rainwater collection and storage network • An organic farm that uses permaculture techniques to grow a range of vital, nutritious fruit and vegetables • The farm will become an agri-business training center hosted by the Youth of Tomorrow group and an advanced permaculture training center that offers live-in education opportunities for the IDP

Who Benefits?

The people that will see the most benefit from the project are IDP living in camps in Province of Herat, and provide food security. The garden will improve youth development and health outcome which will impact the community as a whole. The garden will provide the community with the opportunity to become familiar growing their own food and provide a year round of food supply.

How is your idea unique?

What make this idea unique is that member of the community will can come and trade their compost material for food, and by selling compost to farmers and it is able to sustain it's self and generates income.

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about you

Youth of Tomorrow was founded by by a group of concerned associates to ensure young men and women living in disassociated communities were provided with opportunities to realize their potential. In 2007 Meena Health Welfare Organization (MHWO) was established by a team of volunteers to provide support to children with severe blood disorders. In 2013 Narges and her team took over the management of MHWO and registered with the Ministry of Economics and Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan as a non-profit organization. The goals of the Organization were: • To help Thalassemia patients by creating public awareness of this debilitating blood disorder • To work with Government to draft new policies and laws that recognized the importance of blood donation • To establish a blood donation/testing centers in Albania. By late 2013 our team in collaboration with the Cure 2 Children Organization opened the first Thalassemia center in Kabul, where our patients received free blood transfusions and medication, making us the first organization to provide support for Thalassemia patients in all provinces of Afghanistan. MHWO was able to provide this service despite receiving only $43,000 of donations which paid the operation of the clinic, providing medical equipment, supplies, medicine, and staff salaries. The clinic ran successfully for 3 years, and employed 6 full time staff and had the capacity to treat 150 patients at one time. In 3 years the clinic provided 2000 Thalassemia patients with blood transfusions, treatments and vital medicines at no cost. We successfully trained 55 volunteers to assist in our daily tasks and arrange blood drives, collecting over 1 Million cc of blood that was distributed to hospitals and the National Afghanistan Army. In partnership with the Ministry of Public Health our organization encouraged people to donate blood and created a national blood bank database. In 2015 MHWO decided to expand its reach and focus on disadvantaged youth at both National and International level. In August 2016 a decision was made to withdraw from the Thalassemia clinic and utilize our large network to form Youth of Tomorrow (YoT). YoT is a non-profit, membership based organization with a large National and International membership base. Our Board of Trustees, volunteers, staff and management are all dedicated to developing the potential of our young people through education and mentoring, while always respecting cultural barriers and norms. We are currently providing a range of services designed to teach young men and women skills such as health care, nutrition, education, housing, agriculture, and renewable energy.

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years
  • 5-7 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

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Hello Youth of Tomorrow: You have added a perspective that our group, HarvestLink (we also have submitted an idea) had not thought of, as a use for our mobile application, which is currently targeted for farmers and consumers. Your compost sources are upstream supplies that should be integrated into the food supply chain. Thanks so much! We are working on a project in Baltimore, Maryland, that promotes the creation of urban farms in open spaces and vacant lots, and creating an electronic marketplace for producers to make their foodstuffs available to local consumers, including schools, shelters, and other organizations serving the community. This would require but a minor adjustment to our algorithm to connect upstream suppliers (including people with seedlings, ethnic food ideas, etc...) to connect into the food supply. Kudos! We may want to connect up with you as we do some fine-tuning in our application in the future. Our team, by the way, has tremendous experience working with women farmers in Afghanistan, so there may actually be a more immediate opportunity to collaborate!

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