In June 2008, the Sumba Foundation embarked on the endeavor to create greater food security in Sumba.
Having nutritious food available is important to improving the overall health of the community. So, the Sumba Foundation provides farmers with organic non-GMO seeds from America, teaches them organic farming methods, and helps them safeguard their harvest. We’re equipping farmers to feed their families better, as well as sell their produce to pay for necessities such as school fees and clothing.
As we’ve continued to expand our farming project in 2018, our goal is to educate farmers on crop rotation, production methods, and year-round farming techniques to allow farming during the dry season. One portable water pump and a hand tractor give a group of farmers the ability to raise crops during the nine-month-long dry season. The water to irrigate their crops comes from Sumba Foundation wells.
Linking Nutrition Programs
Farming, infant nutrition, and school lunches are all closely linked and aimed at achieving the same goal: a healthier society that is more productive and better able to help themselves and their community rise above poverty.
During 2018, we continued to expand the farming project. In addition to education, we’ve also guaranteed farmers a market for selling their harvest. We buy directly from local farmers for the foundation’s School Lunch Program and Infant Nutrition Program.
Farmers are now bringing their produce three times per week to sell at the Nihiwatu Resort.