BRINGING THE MOST IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE ONE THING THEY CAN COUNT ON...THEMSELVES
Winning the War Against Hunger with Victory Gardens
March 2017: F2F Surpasses 2,700 Victory Gardens
Together we've created over 2,700 Victory Gardens since the Campaign's official launch in July 2016, transforming the lives of thousands of Malawian villagers.
With each new garden, local community members gain the skills and knowledge they need to grow enough food to eat, earn income, improve nutrition, and lead healthy lives. With Malawi facing its worst food crisis due to drought, these low-cost high-yield home gardens are delivering long-term, sustainable relief to families.
Local community members like Silva Namikula wondered if she and her family would survive the famine of 2016. After learning about F2F’s Victory Garden Campaign, Silva decided to gain the skills and knowledge needed to fight her own war against hunger and drought by changing how she grows her food. Together, we were able to achieve that goal by creating her very first Victory Garden in August 2016.
By September Silva’s garden thrived, even though learning new farming practices that make the most out of minimal water availability were very new to her. By November, Silva helped her neighbors create their own Victory Gardens, and compared to August when no one had a garden, a whopping 60% of homes in Silva’s village now do! Silva has now also created her second Victory Garden.
Many villages saw dramatic increases, due in part to neighbors teaching neighbors. Since home gardens are visible to everyone, people are naturally curious about these new sources of food, helping them re-envision the area around the home that is traditionally left as hard packed clay that is swept clean everyday.
While millions of bags of food relief for Malawi pile up in distribution centers, Silva and her village are now counting on themselves to control their future. The Victory Garden Campaign succeeds because it puts the skills and knowledge into the hands of those that need it most, ultimately making it productive and lasting.
August 2016: A garden, one of the first in her village, is created in Silva's old house that had collapsed.
February 2017: This garden is now producing a constant supply of food for Silva and her family.