Food Security and Livelihoods

Food Security and Livelihoods

Our community agriculture and livelihoods programming ensure sustainable interventions that aim to uplift communities by increasing food security and household income.

How We Do This:

JAM currently provides Food Security and Livelihood assistance to communities in Angola, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda.

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.

Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

Our programmes provide the training, tools and seeds needed to start community gardens, and empower our beneficiaries to plant and grow their own vegetables, used for both household consumption and income generation.

Through these initiatives, we aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • Improve food security in vulnerable communities
  • Uplift women by providing stable incomes
  • Improve nutritional outcomes
  • Empowerment and restoration of dignity

As a complement to our school feeding programmes, school gardens and other grassroots educational initiatives are implemented for a greater variety and nutritional fortification in diet.

Programme objectives:

  • Build home-grown school feeding
  • Encourage learning through planting and harvesting
  • Improve nutritional outcomes and diet diversification

Without community participation, these projects cannot be successful and JAM engages with community leaders on an ongoing basis. Our Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems ensure that minimum standards are met but also include household visits, beneficiary liaison and progress monitoring. Lessons and data are recorded to be shared with relevant parties ensuring transparency and accountability.

Our Food Security and Livelihood programmes are tailored to align with the United
Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), those of No PovertyZero Hunger,
Good Health and Well BeingQuality EducationGender Equality and
Clean Water and Sanitation.

To read more about the difference our Food Security and Livelihoods programmes are making
in the lives of many vulnerable individuals and their communities, visit our stories page here.