The Six-Second Project's programs emphasize increasing food security, building economic self-sufficiency, and educating the next generation of smallholder farmers. This includes providing technical assistance in crop and livestock production in communities where children face chronic hunger and food insecurity. As poverty is often the underlying condition leading to hunger and malnutrition, our solutions not only teach communities to produce their own food, but also include longer-term business planning and training so that excess crops, fish, and meat can be sold to generate extra income. In Venda, South Africa, near the Zimbabwe border, this has included training in sustainable agricultural production techniques such as composting, water harvesting, aquaponics, the use of solar power, the introduction of shade cloth, and the use of drip irrigation. We have also invested in hen houses so that eggs can be harvested for much-needed animal protein, and sold for much-needed income. See more project photos here. As a next step, we plan to introduce goats to produce goat milk for the community's malnourished children, as well as other livestock-based solutions. Your donations will help us expand our sustainable agriculture programs.
"We now have hope for a better future, which we didn't have before."
~ Wilson Mphaphuli, South African farmer and recipient of agricultural training from The Six-Second Project
Photo: Aquaponically-grown crops thrive under shade cloth in Mubvumoni Village in Venda, South Africa
Through our Farmers Without Fences program, The Six-Second Project recruits volunteer farmers and livestock producers to transfer technical knowledge to farmers in developing countries. Our teams conduct assessments and make recommendations for improving production efficiency and environmental sustainability. We also assist with business planning and identifying markets for the products the farmers produce. This is one of our signature programs because we believe food security depends on training future farmers to succeed. Since an estimated 75% of the world's poorest citizens are farmers, young children increasingly see no futures for themselves in farming careers. This alarming trend could lead to further food insecurity if younger generations ultimately lose knowledge of food production.
Through this program, our volunteers completed an assessment of the hog production facilities at two agricultural training schools in rural Jamaica. At the Knockalva and Dinthill Technical High Schools, which train future farmers in grades 7 through 13, we uncovered an immediate need for better-quality animal feed; a supply of breeding stock; and capital investments including a new roof, gates, and repairs to both schools' biodigesters. Your donations will help us provide the necessary capital investments, technical assistance, and business training so young farmers at both schools have the knowledge they need to become successful food producers for themselves and their families. In addition, this training will improve the daily nutrition of the students at the school: The food they produce on their school farm is the primary (and sometimes the only) meal they receive in a day. In turn, this project will enhance the students' ability to learn, as the link between complete nutrition and improved learning capacity is well-documented.
Photo: Volunteer farmer, Wayne, (in green) discusses hog production with high school instructors in Jamaica.
Parasitic worms (helminths) are a key contributor to malnutrition among children, as the parasites rob essential calories and nutrients from the children’s bodies. Worm infections often strike during the most critical stages of a child's development, potentially resulting in permanent damage to physical and cognitive development. The World Health Organization and Peru’s health ministry have identified 19 of Peru’s 24 departments where the occurrences and risks of intestinal worms are extremely high. The Six-Second Project and our partner, INMED Partnerships for Children, will be implementing a school-based program over a 3-year period to administer deworming medication generously donated by Johnson & Johnson. Every child in the target areas will receive two doses of medicine per year for three years. This is the treatment recommended to significantly reduce the risk of re-infection. In addition, the program will include preventive health, sanitation and hygiene education to prevent re-infection and ensure lasting change after the deworming medicine has been provided. The cost of administering the medicine and implementing the education prevention program is a mere $0.25 per child per year. Your pocket change can literally help us change the lives of 6 million children!