With Nuevo Futuro, Food 4 Farmers designed a long-term food security plan with long-term, community-appropriate strategies. We also built a monitoring & evaluation system so Nuevo Futuro could measure its own success. Families wanted to understand basic concepts like balanced diets, and reconnect with their traditional food heritage, so we developed a curriculum for educational workshops.
We’re also partnering with Engineers Without Borders, which is working with the community to design and install prototype water catchment systems using locally available, affordable materials.
Together with Nuevo Futuro, we’ve developed these tools and strategies to help the community improve food security, nutrition, and livelihoods:
- A food security curriculum to educate families — and focusing on women, because they purchase and prepare family meals — about healthy diets, food storage techniques to prevent waste, and other topics. We’ve trained Nuevo Futuro staff to facilitate workshops and embed knowledge within the community.
- Home gardens with water management systems. Members had reported water issues as a key challenge to sustaining home gardens.
- Chicken and egg production to provide a regular source of protein for families, and supplement their coffee income with local sales.
- Farm diversification to reduce reliance on coffee, improve nutrition, supplement income, and restore farm biodiversity.