There's a food crisis in Maluku and Timor-Leste.
You can help.
In two of the poorest places in our region, there is a hidden food crisis being made worse by the rising cost of living.
Families are being forced to skip meals or to eat only low-nutrition food like plain rice or instant noodles. It’s causing malnutrition, stunting the growth of children, and leaving them vulnerable to avoidable diseases. In Timor-Leste, the prevalence of stunting from malnutrition in children under five is 47 percent, among the highest in the world. In Maluku, 34 percent of children under five are stunted.
We asked our partners how we could best help, and they told us they had a sustainable, local solution to the crisis:
Get people gardening!
Thousands of people. Growing kitchen gardens filled with fresh vegetables, right where they live.
It costs just $90 for a family to set up a kitchen garden on their own land or in a community space offered by the church. It covers a variety of seeds, tools, training sessions and ongoing support by our partner’s program teams.
Please give generously and together we can help our partners make a lasting difference.
Local action to beat the food crisis.
Maluku (in East Indonesia) and Timor-Leste are highly dependent on imports to meet their food needs.
Ukraine and Russia have historically been Indonesia’s main suppliers of wheat (a key ingredient for noodle, flour, and bread producers) and Timor-Leste imports most of its food from Indonesia, making it extremely vulnerable.
Experts say the global food situation is set to worsen with the impacts of the ongoing conflict, climate change and inflation and will continue to hit the poor the hardest.
Kitchen gardens are a locally led, sustainable solution to the food crisis that our partners hope to scale up each year to impact thousands of lives.
The project will be kickstarting local food production, improving the health of children and families; reducing food miles, pollution and reliance on foreign imports; connecting and educating local communities about nutrition; and building resilience to global food supply disruptions.
We started our garden by improving a vacant area that used to be landfill and, just a few months later, we now have sixteen garden beds filled with water spinach, kale, pumpkin and other vegetables on the way.
We feel like we grow as the garden grows.
We want that for the whole community.
~ Rev Jeny Mahupale, Protestant Church of Maluku
Read Rev Jeny's letter here.
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Account Number: 182657
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