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Our current project is taking place in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Situation in DRC:

  • Extreme poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition are widespread.
  • Up to 95% of the population earn less than $2 a day.
  • One in seven children dies before reaching the age of five.
  • Nearly one quarter of children are underweight. Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are responsible for nearly half of deaths among children under age five.
  • More than 6.5 million people experience food insecurity (UN World Food Program).
  • Vaccination rates for the most common childhood diseases are only 45%.
  • There are over 4 million orphaned children in the country.
  • More than 4.4 million children (nearly half the school-age population) are not in school. This number includes 2.5 million girls and 400,000 displaced children.
  • Recent declines in foreign aid to support humanitarian assistance, combined with low levels of government spending on socio-economic sectors (education, health, sanitation, infrastructure and agriculture) is likely to further undermine food security and nutrition in DRC.

Project Goals:

Phase I: COMPLETE

  • Identify orphanages to support.
  • Network/partner with University of Kinshasa, UN FAO, community leaders, and local nonprofits, businesses and contractors.
  • Develop plans for primary farm and satellite facilities within orphanages.
  • Identify land for main farm and satellite facilities.

Phase II: IN PROGRESS

  • Begin building agricultural infrastructure (i.e. water and irrigation, solar power, insect/livestock housing).
  • Hire farm manager(s) to oversee insect cultivation program.
  • Identify youth with interest in insect cultivation, livestock management and agriculture.
  • Begin insect farming.

Phase III:

  • Begin insect farming training program through University of Kinshasa.

Phase IV:

  • Project management and capacity building.
  • Scaling