When people think about hunger and malnutrition, they often think about ‘too many people and too little food.’ But the real issue centers around access to food, and not just any food… nutritious food.
The combination of malnutrition with diseases, like HIV, creates a compounding attack on the immune system. For pregnant mothers and young children, there are lifelong consequences to nutrient deficiencies.
Malnutrition, along with its underlying causes, stunts both physical and economic development, erases opportunity, and leads to despair.
We have seen that implementing nutritious vegetable gardens are one of the most effective ways for these uniquely vulnerable families to improve their physical and mental health, while also injecting nutrient dense produce into their greater community.
DIG teaches the benefits of a diverse diet rich in vegetables to support good health and ward off illness. We show individuals how to sustainably grow and harvest their own nutrient-dense food.