In 1991, JAM was asked by the Angolan government to provide emergency nutritional relief in the country. Despite the resumption of the civil war shortly after arriving, JAM remained in Angola and our operations are concentrated in the province of Benguela. JAM Canada implements two programmes in the country: Nutritional School Feeding and Agricultural Development.
Through its Nutritional School Feeding Program, JAM Canada has supplied Corn Soya Blended (CSB) meals to over 300,000 children in partnership with the United States Agricultural Department (USDA) through the McGovern-Dole Grant. An exciting development in 2014, has been the willingness of municipalities within Benguela and Kwanza-Sul Provinces to fund and share the cost of implementing its school feeding program in several municipalities for 87,000 children.
Angola has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world, with many children suffering from chronic and severe malnutrition. JAM helps eliminate malnutrition by providing life saving milk formula to six clinics. Through a local partner organisation, Humana to the People (ADPP), JAM helped develop hundreds of school gardens and trained 1500 educators between 2009-2014.
JAM’s programmes in Angola are the building blocks for a sustainable future and provide a buffer against climate and social shocks that endanger communities.
Nutritional School Feeding: Supplying school meals to over 300,000 children every school day in 499 schools.
Agricultural Development: Training and establishment of 150 gardens from 2009-2013.
Ever since JAM’s founder Peter Pretorius was stranded in Pambarra, Mozambique in 1984, and witnessed up to 30 people dying daily of starvation, JAM has supplied millions of meals to children, developed agricultural projects, provided safe drinking water, built factories, schools and clinics in the country. These are projects that have all had a positive impact on the people of this impoverished, but developing nation.
Through the support of donors and partners such as the United States Agricultural Department (USDA), JAM expanded and gained international and local recognition for its work in the country. JAM currently implements four vital programmes in Mozambique: Homegrown School Feeding (HGSF), Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Agricultural Development and Nutritional Feeding. JAM has three strategically located operational centres within the country: The Pambarra Life Centre (PLC) Farm, the Beira Food Factory and an administrative office in the capital city of Maputo.
At the PLC farm, through the pioneering HGSF programme, JAM is producing the ingredients needed for its proven super cereal, a fortified Corn, Soya Blended (CSB) dry porridge to feed 6,000 children initially, but with plans for expansion. Additional projects being implemented at the farm include fish farming to improve local communities access to a source of protein; farmer training, school garden renovations and aiding neighbouring farmers in improving irrigation techniques. The groundbreaking work being accomplished at the farm is JAM’s answer to a common donor question: “Will we be feeding these children forever or will we develop them so one day they can feed themselves?” To achieve the sustainability of these projects, the farm also generates an income from the sale of vegetables, crops, and seedlings to local businesses.
The JAM Beira Food Factory received ISO 22000 Certification in September 2019, in the scope of Manufacturing and Distribution of Corn Soy Blends.
This means international recognition of operational excellence and food safety methods, in terms of producing and distributing food of exceptional quality.
JAM’s food safety processes are vital in ensuring that our beneficiaries receive top quality CSB as JAM is recognized as adhering to international standards of food safety principles
Homegrown School Feeding (HGSF): 6,000 children’s school meals are produced by JAM and local farmers.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene(WASH): Rehabilitation of hand pumped water wells and training on the effective use of water. Establishment of WASH committees.
Agricultural Development: Establishment, renovation and development of hundreds of school gardens and training of local farmers.
Beira Food Factory: JAM prepares, packages and fortifies its own pre-cooked dry porridge meal from crops grown at the PLC farm.
In 2001, JAM began operations in what is now known as South Sudan, in the isolated community of Boma in Jonglei State. In 2009, after years of developing the capacity, skills and infrastructure needed to effectively operate in what is the world’s youngest nation, JAM partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
JAM implements Food For Education (FFE), Food For Assets (FFA), General Food Distribution (GFD) and Blanket Supplementary Feeding (BSF) in Warrap, Jonglei, Lakes and Northern Bahr el Ghazel states. The country is currently classified as an Emergency Operation (EMOP) due to the current instability and rampant food insecurity experienced there. These programs are specifically designed to save lives, build infrastructure and human capital by encouraging school attendance and improving the capacity of people to feed themselves.
The UN Security Council in July 2014 called the situation in the country a “catastrophe” and the food crisis facing the county was “the worst in the world.” Together with the WFP, JAM is currently storing and distributing 38,000 tons of food destined to feed 694,000 people facing hunger and starvation. The number of people needing emergency food relief is likely to rise, as the effect of conflict becomes more pronounced and food stocks diminish. The country’s torrential rainy season (May – November) further exacerbates and hampers relief efforts as large parts of the country are cut off and only reachable by airdrop during this period. In Mingkaman, Lakes State, at the country’s largest Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp, JAM is supplying life saving nutrition to 120,000 people sheltering there.
General Food Distribution: The unconditional distribution of food to people unable to feed themselves who would otherwise die from starvation.
Blanket Supplementary Feeding: BSF is a child focused programme designed to combat malnutrition in small children aged between 5 and 59 months.
Food For Education: FFE encourages children to attend school by providing food at school or in the form of a take home ration.
Emergency Operation: South Sudan is classified as EMOP, due to the current instability, famine and conflict experienced there.
Food For Assets: FFA builds a ‘hunger free future’ by paying with food for development in infrastructure and food security such as roads, vegetable gardens, water troughs for cattle and dykes to prevent flooding.
In 2005, JAM established JAM South Africa (JAM SA), as a registered non-profit (NPO). JAM SA supplies a nutritious Corn Sugar Soya (CSS+) 50g meal served in our “Red Bowls” to over 50,000 preschool children (between the ages of 0-6) in more than 1,000 day care centres in informal settlements located in the provinces of Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo and Western Cape.
JAM SA’s programmes follow a holistic development approach that includes agricultural training and day care centre makeovers, which build on the foundation that the little red bowls of hope provide.
The 2013 United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) study, The Cost of Hunger in Africa, found that pre-school nutrition will help consolidate the economic expansion of Africa. JAM SA’s focus on preschool nutrition is of critical importance to the future of South Africa.
It costs just CDN$65 to feed a child in South Africa for one year
Province: JAM SA operates in five provinces: Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Western Cape.
School Feeding: JAM SA supplies more than 50,000 children in over 1,000 day care centres with a fortified Corn, Sugar, Soya + (CSS) 50g portion of porridge every school day.
Makeovers: JAM SA’s Makeover Programme rehabilitates and transforms care centres into a safe, fun and healthy learning environment for vulnerable children.
Agricultural Development: JAM SA’s Agricultural Development Programme in Gauteng Province helps to improve food security by training 900 small farmers with the skills, tools and experience to manage their own community gardens.
School Feeding Pilot programme and expansion plans
JAM has partnered with the Government of Sierra Leone through a series of engagements and consultations throughout 2018 leading to the implementation of the JAM School Feeding Pilot programme in November 2018.
Broadly this partnership will be anchored upon the JAM F.E.E.D model “Farm, Empower, Enhance, Distribute”. F.E.E.D is a model developed through years of agriculture development implementation in Mozambique. The JAM FEED model aligns directly to GoSL’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Free Quality Education Programme (FQEP) objective and will be implemented in phases. JAM is developing a holistic and sustainable model that promotes local food production, procurement, processing, and distribution, which is anchored on active participation of entrepreneurial farmers in the local agricultural value chains.
The initial phase was the pilot School Feeding programme, which was implemented in November 2018 to 15,000 children in the Yele area of Tonkolili District. Early impact was recorded during the pilot phase, in 88 pre- and primary schools in the District, where fortified rice was used for feeding school children. Feeding started on the 18th of November 2018 and our monitoring showed that within 2 weeks the number of children attending school increased to 19,800. Children who were not yet registered for school came to attend school so that they could be fed. Such a high increase in school enrolment and attendance was not expected so soon into the implementation of the pilot phase. There was an increased attendance of about 30% in the three weeks of the School Feeding pilot. This was evidence to us that the school feeding initiative was well received. We always like to see more children attending school! Through School Feeding we can reduce short term hunger in children, promote regular school attendance and overtime contribute to broader positive education outcomes.
Our plan is to expand this programme to reach 120,000 children in the early part of 2019.
Food security and Livelihoods programming
Agricultural development programming
JAM works with South Sudanese refugees in Uganda’s Arua district. In partnership with a national organization called Uganda Refugee and Disaster Management Council (URDMC), JAM implements Food Security and livelihoods, and WASH interventions, in Zone 3 of Imvepi Refugee camp.
Beneficiaries receive WASH NFI Kits to improve sanitation and hygiene. A total of 16,023 beneficiaries have been reached with these interventions by the end of December 2018.
Beneficiaries in the Ugandan refugee camp receive agriculture training and start up kits for developing food gardens. The seemingly small innovation in vegetable gardening has attracted a lot of attention within the camp and wider humanitarian community in the area, because these refugees are following the steps given at their demonstration plots to diversify their diet with the support from JAM. We are the only NGO implementing this kind of intervention for these refugees.
We have been so impressed to see how the vegetable garden programme has been adopted by these families, they are already producing enough crop to sell their surplus harvest to other refugees within the camp. Before our programme these refugees relied solely on maize and beans distributed by other agencies.