GK Food Sufficiency is committed to empower the hungry and to eradicate hunger. It is envisioned that each family in a community is empowered to produce their own food to augment their needs.
WHY WE DO IT
Somewhere in the Philippines, Mang Jose shares a pack of noodles with his family of five. It is their first meal of the day, and their only one. His children will again have to endure their stomach pains tonight, unless they learn to scavenge food from the garbage and re-cook them:a skill Mang Jose learned from living in the slums. After all, most of their neighbors have done it. About 4 million households or 20 million poor Filipinos are experiencing involuntary hunger, according to the Social Weather Stationsurvey, second quarter of 2009. Mang Jose tells us, "I don't know anyother way. I don't want my children to sleep hungry everyday." In a country with 9.7 million hectares of arable, idle land, it is not right that Mang Jose's children should have to eat from the garbage can.
Bayan-Anihan, which means "community harvest", believes that to solve the problem of hunger in the Philippines, we must empower the poor to produce their food with their own able hands. We are setting up sustainable food programs in every impoverished community and bringing together concerned partners from the government, universities, corporations, and the youth to share their time, resources and expertise to the community to make sure that every Filipino family will never have to be hungry again. We believe that if we teach a man how to fish, in this case how to plant, we will indeed feed him for a lifetime. Today, Bayan-Anihan is planting the seeds of hope towards that beautiful vision of a hunger-free and prosperous Philippines.
HOW WE DO IT
Bayan-Anihan is the first family-based,sustainable farm program in the Philippines. Each family is given a 10-squaremeter garden plot which can yield a minimum of 10 kilograms of vegetables per month, providing 30 meals per family.
The program’s success depends on the valuable contributions of partners and individuals who each have a role to play in fighting hunger in the Philippines.The Department of Agriculture provides farm inputs and funds technical training while the local government units provide land & water systems for the farmand on-ground monitoring.
The Agricultural State Universities help with teaching farm technology andmanagement to the communities in their respective areas. Each university isconverted to a Bayan-Anihan Training Center where model plots are set-up andprogram involvement becomes part of the school curriculum for both facultymembers and students.
Corporations and individuals help fuel the growth of the program by adopting farms and actively participating in the communities’ journey to self-sufficiency. Selecta, Globe, Shell & Wyeth were the first corporations to support this program. Other companies such as Lowe Advertising agency, Full Circle Communications and Feria Law office provide their services pro-bono to strengthen the organization’s structure.
The results of the stakes of all the partners are measured in the harvest of the community and in the transformation of each individual. The community members commit their labor to establish and maintain the farms, giving them pride and self-worth as they feed their families and community.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Be a Hunger Warrior on call. Provide assistance as needed by Bayan-anihan. Examples: organize events, photograph farm scenes or gather data.
Organize a Farm Build activity with your friends, organization or corporation. Set up the farm’s infrastructure such as fences, compost sheds & family plot markers.
Conduct a Hunger Warrior Expedition for you and your schoolmates. For 2-3 days, immerse yourselves in the life of a community and help them with farm maintenance, farm activity monitoring or even cooking vegetable dishes.
Be a Bayan-Anihan Intern and work on a research topic for 3-6 months. Share your research findings with the Bayan-anihan Team at the end of your internship and see your ideas applied in real communities.
Celebrate your Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas or any special occasion in a farm together with community members from the farm site. You can play games with the kids, cook with the moms & share a meal with the beneficiaries to make your day more meaningful.
Interested in joining the GK Bayan-Anihan program? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org