Food For All Gives $25,000 in Grants to Five International Projects

As Food For All was founded by the U.S. food industry in 1985 to provide assistance and relief to those affected by the Ethiopian famine, it is still a major priority to fund worthy international projects that promote self-help solutions to ending hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

Below is a list of our five most recent international grant recipients. We are proud to have provided $5,000 to each (with some organizations also receiving matching grants to bolster program efficacy).

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  • American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – Mozambique
    The funding for this project goes directly to the field, providing dairy products and clean water to villagers with a long-term goal of developing a local institution in which the process is completely self-sufficient within the villages. The idea is that more food on the table is only useful if it reaches the bloodstream and enters the cells of the body, so to the extent that non-potable water carries parasites or disease, any increases in food will have less of an impact on family nutrition.

  • Grassroots International – Gaza
    The project works to establish household gardens, provide fruit trees, vegetable seedlings, medical herbs, and assist in the construction of an animal production unit ( for rabbit breeding) to women head-of-households in the Gaza strip. Technical and managerial training in urban agriculture practices, managing household gardens for small income generation, improving plant disease and pesticide control, and teaching food processing are also important facet of the projects, allowing for these women to not only provide for their families, but to generate income from surplus food and livestock that they produce.

  • India Partners

    The India Partners grant is providing micro-loans for soil restoration and cultivation while also providing income-generating livestock to replace those lost in two recent floods. The soil and livestock components are key parts of a broader effort to increase food security in the community. The project involves a village of Dalits (formerly dubbed “untouchables”). As this group knows their land and local needs better than any outside sources, they are taking the lead on all aspects of the project including the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-Zambia

    The project aims to increase food production in villages while reducing the poaching and killing of wild animals that invade farmlands by utilizing humane “chili blaster guns” that repel elephants and hippos from planted crops due to their dislike of the clouds of chili powder that erupt with each blast. The farmers who benefit from the chili blasting activities will also benefit from joining Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO), a fair-trade and market training program that is an effective poverty-alleviation tool for participants. In this next round of funding, project managers will be testing an elephant-proof granary prototype to protect rice harvests from nocturnal elephant raid. WCS envisions the project leading to sustained surplus yields of maize and rice, supported by the proven market benefits of participating in the COMACO program.

  • World Concern, Myanmar-Burma
    The project will benefit 31 villages (with almost 3,000 households) in Kyaikhto, Belin and Thaton townships of Mon State, covering a population characterized by broad geographical and ethnic diversity and suffering from a child malnutrition rate that exceeds 40%. This project enables poor farmers to improve production by providing micro-finance, improved seed and breed stock, and assistance with land registration. Technical training on a range of skills including sustainable agriculture, community forestry, appropriate technology, and marketing is included as well. Training and community ownership of the project will enable communities to develop long-term sustainable solutions to malnutrition and chronic hunger. It will also provide working-capital assistance to eligible groups.