Help us support our farmers during this time of need.
Resilience is a skill that DIG has been cultivating since we started in 2006. There is perhaps no other time in our history where we have a collective need to move towards resilience.
DIG works with vulnerable communities including the extremely poor, young mothers with undernourished children, people living with HIV, conservation refugees, and the elderly that are often left out of opportunities others can access. These populations are going to be the most impacted by food insecurity and economic stress from COVID-19. DIG's role has always been to support them along their journey, so their ability to thrive is not based on access to markets, their level of education, or the conditions of their farmland.
DIG's role is to work collaboratively with these communities to remove the barriers to good nutrition, enable our farmers to grow health and resilience. Even now, especially now, DIG remains committed to supporting these farmers, to ensure they are able to cultivate nutrient-dense food for their families and to safely share their harvest with the community.
In a normal scenario, DIG works physically in the communities we serve, bringing together cohorts of around 30 farmers to address their challenges and create pathways to improved nutrition and livelihoods. With COVID, we can’t physically meet and connect. Instead, we’re using technology in ways we haven’t before—for example, by using SMS texts, we’re able to get out reliable, expert information around the virus as it relates to each country, as well as equipping our farmers with messages around agriculture and nutrition that goes beyond what we would normally teach in our field schools. It’s more forward-thinking about a crisis that we believe is coming down the road—a food crisis.
DIG is also responding to the health and economic threats by launching a ‘safe seed distribution’ program. This program will provide over 3,000 farmers with additional seed and seedling support to ramp up vegetable production at home to support failing food markets in Kenya, Uganda, and Senegal.
We kindly ask that you join us in supporting our programs and farmers. Your gift will help provide immediate seed support to thousands of families that DIG works to help ensure food security and harvests during this uncertain time. The families in turn will also help support their greater community with their harvests.