: The Food Security program’s goal is to support the efforts of our global partners to scale up access to improved farming and agricultural methods, increase crop yields and market access, improve food storage, crop diversity, and nutrition in target households and communities. Special consideration is given to projects focusing on subsistence and small-scale farmers, particularly female farmers.
: To ensure successful implementation, the program follows the best-practice guidelines and targets, put forth by the World Food Programme’s Five Steps to Zero Hunger. Thus, our program ethos is to:
• Put the furthest behind first,
• Pave the road from farm to market,
• Reduce food waste,
• Encourage a sustainable variety of crops, and
• Make nutrition a priority, starting with a child’s first 1000 days.
: To meet these targets, UMCOR provides grants to implementing partners around the world to enhance their capacity to meet the priority actions above. All support is expected to contribute to a holistic strategy of community-based health and development.
1. Introduction of new farming techniques to sustain, diversify, and increase crop yield (e.g., seed banks, improved machinery, ecofriendly
/organic farming etc.);
2. Animal husbandry training for small livestock (chickens, goats, etc.);
3. Improved food storage to reduce post-harvest losses;
4. Irrigation support;
5. Nutrition, food diversity, and food hygiene education;
6. Community-based screening for malnutrition and linkage to health care;
7. Mother/female-farmer support groups;
8. Farmer savings and loans programs; and
9. Infrastructure and linkages for increasing market access for excess crops.
: Priority is given to projects serving subsistence and small-scale farmers, particularly female farmers.
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