Rise Against Hunger supports initiatives that ensure the sustainable production and consumption of food systems in such a way that the economic, social and environmental bases to generate food security and nutrition for future generations are not compromised. Rise Against Hunger also assists in developing double small-scale producer incomes and productivity to end rural poverty by increasing the income of the small-scale producers who hold the key to sustainably feeding a growing population.
In the Philippines, Rise Against Hunger does this by “contract farming” its vegetable requirements from small scale indigenous farmers. Through its partnership with the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation (NVC), Rise Against Hunger (Philippines) buys its supplies of vegetable needed for its meal packs from 100 farmers in the upland communities of San Carlos, Negros province. The farmers are members of the Bukidnon Organic Farmers Association and Iliranan Tribal Council. The farmers are GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certified, which means that their produce are safe for human consumption, being free from biological, chemical and physical contamination. Their produce are also certified organic.
Through this scheme, the farmers are able to grow their own food. Their excess productions are consolidated by their cooperatives and sold at fair market prices to NVC which then dehydrates the vegetables for RAH. Shavings from the dehydration process are composed by NVC and then given to the farmers to use as fertilizers. The dehydrated vegetable are mixed in the meal packs of Rise Against Hunger which are then used to support supplemental feeding programs in the farmers’ communities. This way, the “farm to fork” cycle is completed.
You can support this program by purchasing vegetables and fruits from our farmers.