Having regular access to enough safe and nutritious food is critical for normal growth and development. This need is exponentially heightened when living with a complicating disease, raising children, or carrying or nursing a baby. Over a quarter of the world’s population is severely or moderately food insecure and, ironically, most are small scale farmers.
Ensuring farmers have access to healthy, culturally-appropriate food, which is produced in an ecologically sound and sustainable way is central to our program. DIG regularly adapts our model to best support our farmers, in whatever unique context they find themselves in with the goal of giving them back the power to provide for themselves, their families, and their communities while equally caring for the land.
DIG’s program begins and ends with seeds. Seeds are the foundation for food sovereignty and we not only put actual seeds in our farmers’ hands, but by the end of our program, the farmers themselves become seeds for continued growth and expansion.
Farmers take their enhanced knowledge to their broader community. Our model ripples outward on onward, without any additional cost or intervention.
DIG’S intentional design embeds a path to dignity and increased social status for our uniquely vulnerable communities, and ensures scale.