Indigenous people are being pushed to lease or even sell their lands for a small fee. That leaves them no place to grow their own food, and their money are not enough in order to procure the goods they need at market prices.
> Food Security Center aims to show the true value of the land, giving people reasons to oppose to land grabbing. In addition, we show children how to set up simple small-scale gardens in confined spaces, always emphasizing on the power of the land and pointing out that having a piece of land can make you self-sufficient.
#2 SUPPORT AGROECOLOGY
The intensified need for food has led sub-Saharan Africa's farmers (and not only) to turn to hazardous pesticides in order to increase and fortify their productions. These pesticides can harm not only people’s health, but the environment as well. Indeed, according to a UN report, the use of these tactics in Africa could be equivalent to $90 billion future expenses for public health.
> Food Security Center focuses on health and environmentally friendly farming practices, by establishing smart and economical gardens free of any chemicals harmful to the human body and to ecosystems.
#3 CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
In every part of the world, smallholders and family farms base their production on the rainy season. Climate change has affected rainfall rates, and rising temperatures have led to reduced agricultural production and to the development of diseases that affect crops. Farmers can no longer rely on rainfall to irrigate their crops.
> Food Security Center introduces to children (and adults) the so-called "rain harvesting" technique. Participants learn to create water storage facilities on the ground (since the cost of rainwater harvesting tanks is prohibitive for the majority of the inhabitants) which they can then use in order to irrigate their crops even after the end of the rainy season extending the life -but also the quantity- of their production.
#4 WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
Gender discrimination is not acceptable in any case. The presence of women in agriculture can provide them with the strength and the means they need to support their families by ensuring their livelihoods, especially when the paternal presence is absent. In addition, women should be equally paid for their work and have the same means and opportunities as men.
> Food Security Center supports women's position in agriculture. Anyone who claims that this profession is only for men has probably never seen how much power a woman can gain in a field. By bringing women in the foreground, we give them the strength and the resources to support their families.
#5 PROMOTE BIODIVERSITY AND PLANT BIOSECURITY
We are experiencing the age of uniformity. As we speak, our planet produces more food than ever - food that is based on monocultures. 2/3 of the land crops derive from just 9 species (sugarcane, maize, rice, wheat, potatoes, soybeans, palm, sugar beets and cassava) while native, wild food sources are becoming rare. Imagine, then, what would happen if a disease struck any of these 9 species...
> Food Security Center explains to children that it is important to cultivate different kinds of fruits and vegetables as we promote nutritional safety while providing our body with a great variety of valuable nutrients. We show them how to grow them and how they can preserve and consume them (cooking methods).
#6 RESPECT, DEFEND &TRANSMIT INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
New modern techniques are imported to displace the traditional ways of farming. New seeds, species and methods that -in many cases- are not compatible with the area, the climate and many other factors. The result? Crops do not thrive (both in agriculture and livestock farming), farmers lose their money and are led to a dead end.
> Food Security Center supports indigenous knowledge and teach children how to create small scale gardens based on the knowledge, the practices and the resources of their area.
#7 ENHACE AGRICULTURE AND URBAN FARMING
More and more people are leaving rural areas and they are moving to the cities, which are unable to provide to them proper living conditions. Yet, at the same time, cultivation of land has the power to provide people with an absolutely essential commodity: food.
> Food Security Center supports agriculture while introducing urban farming to children, showing them smart ways through which they can set up their own small-scale gardens -vertical crops, organic fertilizers derived from proper waste management- and other techniques, which can help people grow their own food even in the city. Thus, their families will be able to ensure food which - in many cases - is not given.