Hi, Chioma Ume ! Thanks for your fantastic questions from the team and experts!
-We're always incorporating feedback into our model with user-centered curriculum redesigns, because ensuring that our curriculum not only matches with the most current knowledge on nutrition and low-input agriculture, but also works for our partner families and their unique situations, is vital to our partners' success. Minimizing waste within our program and maximizing resources for our partners has always been a goal for our team, but continuing to successfully integrate and emphasize composting, seed-saving, and more interventions is a recent priority. Our program materials and trainings do already mention our efficiency measures, but we're looking forward to incorporating our newest feedback, which is more intentional about emphasizing waste elimination, as we undertake a new curriculum revamp in the coming months.
-As stated above, our partners come from a variety of different backgrounds with regard to agricultural knowledge, but most are highly adept at producing crops – often staple crops – in their home gardens. We don’t merely distribute seeds and livestock; what is unique about our model is its integration across agriculture, health, and specifically, nutrition. We’re using malnutrition prevention as an entry point to discuss intersecting topics, from preventing erosion and increasing agricultural productivity, to stopping infectious disease and gender-based violence, and growing and preparing healthy meals for a partner family every day. A model this comprehensive, that views the minimization of agricultural waste as inextricable from the healthy long-term development of a child, has never been attempted before. And teaching about efficient, waste-free home gardens as health systems – generally a new concept for our partners -- is key to realizing our vision.
-While our work is ongoing, we’re imagining a 1-year timeframe for this initiative, beginning in September 2016.
Hi Anne-Marie! Our headquarters and farm is located just outside Kigali in Ndera, Gasabo District. Four of our partner health centers are also in Gasabo. The other fourteen partner health centers are in Musanze District. Where are you operating?