Lasting solutions to hunger come from effective strategies that fit the community.
We build capacity from the inside out by cultivating leadership and expertise locally that leads to lasting solutions. Our community-based partners build and sustain long-term, effective solutions to food insecurity.
Where Food 4 Farmers Makes A Difference
The organizations we work with represent more than 8,000 coffee-farming families in Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
Our Program Components
- Assess the capacity of our community partners: What can they manage?
- Community diagnosis: Identify the root causes of food insecurity
- Plug in the right partners to implement food security strategies
- Monitoring & evaluation: Keep the work on track, measure success
- Build on progress over time: Work toward thriving communities
We begin by facilitating an assessment of organizational capacity with our partners, usually coffee cooperatives or local community organizations working to improve the conditions of coffee-growing families, and deeply rooted in the communities they represent.
Together, we identify strengths, challenges and opportunities. This creates a concrete understanding of organizational assets and weakness, and provides information necessary to choose strategies most likely to achieve food security.
We conduct a community diagnostic with farmers, their families and organization representatives to identify strategies, goals and best practices to achieve lasting food security. This process is a participatory one that includes many members of the community, to ensure all voices are heard.
With this crucial information about the level of food insecurity, available resources, regional, social, geographical and economic characteristics, we can address the main challenges the community confronts.
The diagnostic serves as the project’s roadmap. Working from a baseline, together we identify a timeline, benchmarks and outcomes, to keep our work on track.
Plugging in Partners to Implement Food Security Strategies
Once strategies have been identified, we help the community connect with regional and local organizations that have expertise in specific strategies to build food security or agricultural diversification programs.
To be successful, their mission and approach must be aligned with our own, as well as the community’s goals.
Monitoring & Evaluation – Keeping the work on track
We work closely with our community partners to design and implement a monitoring & evaluation (M&E) system that fits the way they work, reflecting their organizational capacity and culture.
A community-appropriate M&E system is essential to the success of food security projects. First, it keeps coffee-growing organizations accountable to stakeholders, like families in the community who benefit from the project. Second, a strong M&E system provides valuable information that allows our partners to identify what’s working, with the ability to make timely adjustments and improve results.
Building on Progress Over Time
As coffee-growing communities develop the capacity to implement and manage projects successfully, they can build on their success by exploring additional ways to strengthen food security and livelihoods.
Once the project is complete, we continue to work with community partners in an advisory capacity, as they build on their foundation of success.
Our projects directly support coffee-growing organizations and communities in their efforts to fight seasonal hunger.
From the outset, we aim to improve the ability of coffee-growing organizations and families to design, implement, monitor and evaluate strategies that improve food security in their communities.