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.
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.