Increasing Agricultural Production and Incomes
In Malawi, through the Njira Project, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Food for Peace (FFP) funded project, PCI in partnership with Emmanuel International, works to improve food security for populations in Balaka and Machinga districts through integrated activities that aim to: increase sustainable agricultural productivity, increase the availability of diverse, nutritious foods; increase income-generating opportunities through savings/lending groups and linkages to agricultural markets; and engage communities in disaster risk reduction activities. PCI works with smallholder farmers to increase households’ knowledge and adoption of improved sustainable agricultural practices and increase access to, for instance, high-quality drought tolerant crops and livestock. Implemented in 84 communities, Njira has improved agriculture technologies or land management practices on over 2,700 hectares of land. Njira uses an integrated community based approach to improve maternal and child health and nutrition as well as improve communities’ ability to respond to shocks and stresses.
On the other side of the world, vulnerable rural households in Guatemala’s Western Highlands face food insecurity due to poor crop production, which is exacerbated by climate volatility. With funding from USAID/FFP, and in collaboration with Save the Children, the PAISANO program focuses on increasing local food access – assisting farmers with diversifying and increasing production through sustainable agriculture – while reducing chronic malnutrition among children and pregnant and lactating women and increasing resilience to climate change related shocks and stressors. PAISANO has improved the lives of over 2,750 families with increased access to nutritious vegetables and proteins through gardens, livestock rearing, and improved farming methods.
Additionally, PCI is working to mitigate the impact of extreme drought conditions in highly vulnerable households in Huehuetenango through an emergency food security program. The USAID-funded program, entitled ACCION, is increasing access to food for households with pregnant women/new mothers and children who are malnourished through the distribution of nutrient-rich supplementary foods and food vouchers. In addition, in responding to immediate needs for access to food, ACCION is improving hygiene, health, and nutrition at the household and community levels and is securing treatment for severe cases of malnutrition.