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Sustainable Nutrition program from the farmers to the farmers

Create a strong community leader, engaging the wealthy farmers and bringing education about sustainability and nutrition we can improve health and increase the incomes of the poor farmers.

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Create a colaboration between the wealthy farmers and the workers to improve their nutrition. 

Context:
How the rural is divided by small Pueblos (Towns) that are divided by Veredas. Each Vereda has a small primary school that most of them where build by the Colombia Coffee Federation. In this Veredas you will find a mix between big wealthy farms and small poor farmers.  

The wealthy farms are run by the Agregados (administrator of the farm, most of the rural people this is the highest position they get to) they are giving a small house to live in, next to principal farm house. One of the principal rules to hire a Agregado besides knowing how to manage the farm, is to have a wife. I hear a lot of farm owners saying that a Agregado without a good women is doesn't work. If they get divorce, most of the times they will loose the job.  

The role of the wife is to clean the house, the cuartel (this is a big room where the works sleeps in times of harvest) and to provide the food for the workers; usually the workers are charge around $3 for this meals and the money goes to the women. But this meals are not well balance. 

This family's create strong bonds with the community around the Veredas.

Concept

1. Teaching the wife of the Agregados about nutrition.

With the help of the owner of the farms and the colaboration of El Sena (Education center that has a culinary classes) we can bring nutrition classes to the Veredas. El Sena has a portable kitchen that they have been training small eco turistic farms how to cook and create a balance menu to the guest. This training could take place in the Vereda's primary school, which is a easy commute to the community. This will be during the weekends when every body assist. 

Once this women's know about nutrition, she will be in charge of teaching a group of families about this topic and making sure that they will implemented in their house. 

2. Improving their nutrition thru sustainability

This meal's are not a big income to this women's and also the small farmers can't afford to buy the necessary food for their kids. However, this place is perfect to turn it into a sustainable place, where they families grow what their own food, solar energy, etc. 

With the colaboration of La Granja de Mama Lulu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHNLnG0m-W4) that is a small local farm that was turned into a 100% sustainable land, we can create an education campaign to help this farmers follow the sustainable path. Also bringing this practice to the Vereda's primary schools, so the next generation will follow the sustainable path. 

3. Building a Strong Community Nutrition Support

By all ready giving the tools to the community to be sustainable and nutrition, we need to create a strong community support in order to keep it running and making sure that the farmers are practicing it. 

They will have the a direct contact and a monthly follow up with El Sena and La Granja de Mama Lulu, so they are able to solve any issue or question and empower them in their journey.    

Also each family will have sign  in the entrance of each farm that shows that they are part of the program. This will empower and remind others about their challenge. In the other hand in this sign we could acknowledge them depending on their progress, designing specific badges, in this way every body could see their work and support each other in their strengths and weakness.

Turning a farm 100% sustainable takes time, right now the people who works for the wealthy farmers are getting the right nutrition. But it will take a while for the poor families to actually create a sustainable food chain cycle.  How work is that the wealthy farmers will help this families providing them necessary nutrition. The protocol could be that when they identify that for a day or week they wont be able to support their family they will communicate to their leader, who will communicate to the owner so he could provide. This will be temporarly while they find a solution to their problem. 


 

How do you envision this idea making money?

This idea will help 1. The wife of the Agregados by growing her own food, she wont need to spend money by buying from a vendor the food to make the meals for the workers. By spending less money on the raw materials, she earns more money. 2. To make the meals it will cost less which the women could lower the price of the meal, so in that way the workers are saving money 3. The poor farmer's will grow their own food, create their own electricity and gas, so is less money that they need to spend, which will increase their incomes, that could be destine to education, cloth, improvement of the house, expanding their land, etc.

How does this idea create social impact, particularly around improving health?

This idea creates a huge social impact, because by the sustainability we are incrementing the incomes of the families. Also by improving the community nutrition we improve their health

What are the short term steps we could take to implement this idea tomorrow?

What I am purposing is using local and accessible help that could be implemented tomorrow. El Sena, is a local education center, that has the right equipment to start teaching tomorrow. They provide a higher education to the poor people and one of their main focus is in agriculture, so is a subject that the are familiar with. La Granja de Mama Lulu is no more than 2 hours away of Caldas, so it is also a local help.

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Fantastic! I love how well it connects with Caldas, and how training a small group of Agregados' wives can make a significant impact. Great work!

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