In late 2020, we awarded a Project Grant to a long-time partner, Village Health Works (VHW); this time to support its food security strengthening program. From November 2020 through January 2021, VHW has continued to develop its strategic approach towards scaling on-site food services to meet the anticipated 15% increase in patients seen on campus with the opening of the Women’s Health Pavilion in the second half of 2021. VHW’s plans are to build on its established model farmer program to establish a local food procurement system that can not only provide adequate quantities of food for all patients but also create market access for the surrounding small-holder farmers. In anticipation for season B, the 8 hectares of land on-site is being prepped to sow. With bean seeds already available from the previous harvest, they are at the start of the purchasing process for the additional seeds that have been forecasted to meet the needs of the patient population.
Blog #196: Update on Project Grant to Village Health Works