Food Security and Nutrition

Food Security and Nutrition

90% of our beneficiaries depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. We believe that
empowering smallholder farmers is essential to achieving food security and nutrition. FVA
implements agricultural programs designed to boost food security and nutrition of the
smallholder farmers using the positive Deviance Hearth methodology (PD/H). PD/H is a peer
learning approach, where group members visit each other’s households to share knowledge and
practices in order to improve the utilization of nutritious food ; share knowledge about nutrition
and monitor the nutritional statuses within beneficiary groups, organize cooking demonstrations
and provide counseling when necessary. We support the use of bio-intensive agriculture
techniques, creation of farmer field schools and kitchen gardens. We support beneficiaries with
durable farming tools like hoes and shovels supply modern agricultural seeds which increases
food security for many households.

We support smallholder coffee farmers in Nyanza, Huye, Gisagara, Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru
through trainings on cooperative management, business management and the entire coffee value
chain processes right from the planting phase, coffee processing and roasting to the last stage
where coffee is consumed by the buyers. We have linked over 50 coffee farmers to micro-
finance institutions to purchase inputs like seeds and fertilizers, invest in machinery and pay for
transport to sell their produce. Finally, in order to increase their incomes, we conduct market
analysis to link the farmers with both formal and informal markets where coffee buyers buy their
produce at a competitive rate.