Famine Fighting Female Farmers

Empowering women to feed the future.

Educational after-school program for girls in developing countries to teach them to grow and harvest their own food using sustainability.

Tags:
  • agriculture
  • foodsecurity
  • development
  • famine
  • hunger
  • women
  • educational
  • farming
  • sustainability
  • empowerment

Use Case

Anna is a 10 year old girl living in rural Peru who is stunted and anemic due to malnourishment. Under these circumstances, Anna is more likely to drop out of school early or give birth to a malnourished child in the future. By enrolling in our program, she will have the opportunity to grow and harvest her own food through the use of sustainable farming practices such as fallowing and green manure. Completing one year in the program, Anna will receive a certificate of completion; she can continue in the program to earn a new certificate signifying a higher level of achievement each year. The certificate is meant to aide her in pursuing higher education in agricultural-related fields. She will have access to a more nutritious diet, providing herself with the opportunity to develop properly.

Potential

With the establishment of our pilot program in Peru, we can demonstrate the positive impact of providing women the resources and education in agriculture that allows them to become self-sufficient and exceed society’s expectations. The crops for the program were chosen to supply the necessary nutrients for which the region is lacking, resulting in malnutrition. By implementing the program in communities around the world, the goal is to scale this positive impact in such a way that we might create a new stage for food security. The idea behind F4 is to give women the ability to reduce world hunger by nearly 150 million people, based on UN research.

Business Case

F4 is a not-for-profit program that will receive it's funding through partnering local universities and already existing funding programs.The ambassador for the program will be from one of the partnering universities and will be able incorporate the experience in their CVs and their degree thesis.

Objectives:

  1. Empowering women through education.
  2. Tackling food security one community at a time.
  3. Promoting sustainability in local agriculture.

Team F2O

College Station, USA

  • Education / Awareness / News
  • Agricultural Production / Productivity
  • Global

Our Team

AN UPDATE AND SOME EXCITING NEWS! / Published December 19, 2014 by Amanda Brown

AN UPDATE AND SOME EXCITING NEWS!

Team F2O received some exciting news yesterday morning! We are the recipient of the Borlaug Foundation Scholarship from Texas A&M University! Along side our fellow team YAIC, we will now be in attendance at the Thought For Food Global Summit in Lisbon, Portugal!!!!

We are extremely excited and thankful for this opportunity!

Together, we CAN and WILL change the world by putting an end to world hunger!

The only direction to from here is UP!!!

An update from US to YOU! / Published November 23, 2014 by Amanda Brown

An update from US to YOU!

Howdy guys! Team F2O has been hard at work in the completion stage of our pitch! With December 7th approaching fast, we thought we would give you guys a little peek at part of our pitch!

That would be our blueprint for our project layout!
Can you take any guesses at what we might be doing?

Etch-A-Sketch / Published November 14, 2014 by Daniela Michelle Silva

Etch-A-Sketch

Our messy brainstorming for a concept logo!

An update from our team to you! / Published November 14, 2014 by Amanda Brown

An update from our team to you!

Howdy guys!

The teams have been making huge strides within our project lately. We have watched ideas scribbled on paper blossom into the finalized concepts as we prepare the pitch for our project.

There has been a lot of brainstorming, a lot of laughter. Just wanted to share with you guys some of the ups and downs a long the way.

Mariana Valdez, '16, MS in Social Science:

What were the laugh out loud moments, surprises, struggles, achievements and memorable moments?
One of the biggest struggles was to find a time were we could all meet, and establishing a routine for it. One of the surprises for me was the fact of how many things we have in common, even coming from different backgrounds we were able to find a common ground and a way of working

What's the best thing to share with someone who hears about your project for the first time?

To see the genuine interest people show, when they ask more questions about it and give a positive feedback or opinion on what they think would work best for you. Without joining, there is a will of people to help.

What conversations do you want to start with your fans and followers?

I would like to start a discussion on how to create a community network of local farmers, everywhere.

What support are you looking for from the crowd at this moment?

That they take the time to know our project, like our page, and just read every other post we have. Ask questions! We love when people is involved!

Daniela Silva, '14, BA Ag Leadership and Development:

What were the laugh out loud moments, surprises, struggles, achievements and memorable moments?

We struggled at the beginning of our journey when, as a group, we were trying to narrow down our ideas and decide on what we really wanted our project to be. It was not until three or four times of us meeting that we finally decided what our project was and how we wanted to approach it. It was that moment of breakthrough that felt like our first real achievement as a team.

What's the best thing to share with someone who hears about your project for the first time?

Most people are very responsive to hunger statistics, so it is best to share some knowledge over what issue we are trying to find a solution for. From there, sharing some form of our mission statement generally creates immense interest and people are eager to learn more.

What conversations do you want to start with your fans and followers?

I would love for fans and followers to ask as many questions as possible! They key to our mission is education. I want them to understand that what we are doing is aiming to inspire a new generation of self-sufficient and self-reliant farmers.

What support are you looking for from the crowd at this moment?

Social media, social media, social media! I believe social media is our strongest tool, and the more people spread the word by ‘liking’, ‘retweeting’, and ‘sharing’ our pages, the stronger we will be.

Chanel Reinertsen, '14, BS Biomedical Sciences:

What were the laugh out loud moments, surprises, struggles, achievements and memorable moments?

As a group we understand that taking on TFF is a serious commitment and luckily since we are all dedicated students we are understand how important it is to remain flexible yet still dedicated. We are all very involved students and finding a balance will always be a personal struggle we all must face. I personally feel that coming together and working together is a huge achievement. We all have different majors yet come together to collaborate and share ideas and skills. TFF is just such an amazing opportunity that none of us wanted to pass up.

Life is full of surprises and I haven’t been so lucky in the past with group assessments in who I get to work with. For me I am very proud of how hard everyone is working and how supportive we all are of one other when we didn’t really know each other before a month ago. I feel like every time we meet we have a new challenge for each other and so far have been an amazing support system always trying to do what is best for the team.

What's the best thing to share with someone who hears about your project for the first time?

I think the first thing people can hear when we talk about our idea is our passion, to want to make a difference. We haven’t worked out all of the wrinkles in our idea because there is just so many different ways to approach a problem so diverse but with dedication we know we have a chance to leave our mark to fight famine.

What conversations do you want to start with your fans and followers?

That awareness is key. So many times I feel that others are simply ignorant of the facts and how things are. Hunger is a real problem affecting millions worldwide and together we need to try and create a creative yet sustainable solution. For our fans I would just like to let them know that we are open for discussion and if they want they are more than welcome to share their ideas or if they want to ask us any questions about the programs or our commitment to help humanity we are all more than willing to share.

What support are you looking for from the crowd at this moment?

Really just positive feedback right now as we are just in our beginning phase. We know as we progresses we need to be challenged, but for right now questions and the proof that we are not alone in our movement is wonderful encouragement. We would like to let all our family and friends to know that we are serious about TFF and that we are open to suggestions in how we can be better.

Amanda Brown, '16. MS Agriculture:

What were the laugh out loud moments, surprises, struggles, achievements and memorable moments?

The biggest struggle we have had as a team is finding the time and place to meet. With such a wide diversity of majors and backgrounds, it was hard to find a set time that met everyone's schedule. We have since then overcome that and really bonded as a team. I find it really interesting that we have so much diversity within our group, it really builds on our project. We all bring something different to the table and its going to be interesting to watch our final project unfold.

What's the best thing to share with someone who hears about your project for the first time?

In my opinion, the best thing to share with someone is some statistics on why we are focusing on our project the way we are, and how beneficial it could potentially be. My initial goal would be to spread awareness and spark a light in someone to be come involved.

What conversations do you want to start with your fans and followers?

As we have discussed in our team meetings, awareness is key. Stating facts, and presenting information to the public eye is going to help raise even more support and awareness for our project. We want to engage our fans/followers in conversation on what they would possibly do to contribute to the overall project. Having an open discussion allows for more ideas, and possibly even improvement upon the one's already thought of. It is also a good way of communication to get everyone involved in some aspect, even if it is simply by sharing an article we posted.

What support are you looking for from the crowd at this moment?

Feedback. Feedback. Feedback. Did I mention feedback? While our backgrounds (as I said before) brings many different things to the table, having even more ideas behind the project can only improve us. Support from the crowd in my opinion, would also be about helping us to spread our idea, and get more people involved. The bigger the project, the potential for a bigger outcome.

Project Iteration / Published November 14, 2014 by Daniela Michelle Silva

Project Iteration

After weeks of brainstorming, revising, and debating, we were finally able to boil down our concept onto one sheet of paper - drawn out!

Our Mission

Our mission at Famine Fighting Outreach (F2O) is to establish an educational school program for girls, taught by women, in subtropical areas that allows female students and their families to grow and harvest their own food using sustainability and Better Management Practices. Our goals for the educational program include: promoting values such as responsibility, respect, and hard work; ingraining a sense of pride in community; empowering the marginalized population that are women in developing countries; and reshaping the perspective of land as something to hold sacred.

Our Background

We are compelled as privileged citizens of developed countries to contribute to and aid those who have not been granted the same opportunities or resources as us. Famine Fighting Outreach (F2O) has its roots in aiding others by focusing on the most fundamental of human rights: the right to access adequate nourishment. We strongly believe that such a complex program requires an approach by a multidisciplinary team. F2O is composed of two masters students and two undergraduate students, with emphases in animal science, soil science, biomedical science, and agriculture. Our team is united by the passion to ignite a change that will be transcendental in developing holistic solutions.

AN UPDATE AND SOME EXCITING NEWS! / Published December 19, 2014 by Amanda Brown

AN UPDATE AND SOME EXCITING NEWS!

Team F2O received some exciting news yesterday morning! We are the recipient of the Borlaug Foundation Scholarship from Texas A&M University! Along side our fellow team YAIC, we will now be in attendance at the Thought For Food Global Summit in Lisbon, Portugal!!!!

We are extremely excited and thankful for this opportunity!

Together, we CAN and WILL change the world by putting an end to world hunger!

The only direction to from here is UP!!!

An update from US to YOU! / Published November 23, 2014 by Amanda Brown

An update from US to YOU!

Howdy guys! Team F2O has been hard at work in the completion stage of our pitch! With December 7th approaching fast, we thought we would give you guys a little peek at part of our pitch!

That would be our blueprint for our project layout!
Can you take any guesses at what we might be doing?

Etch-A-Sketch / Published November 14, 2014 by Daniela Michelle Silva

Etch-A-Sketch

Our messy brainstorming for a concept logo!

An update from our team to you! / Published November 14, 2014 by Amanda Brown

An update from our team to you!

Howdy guys!

The teams have been making huge strides within our project lately. We have watched ideas scribbled on paper blossom into the finalized concepts as we prepare the pitch for our project.

There has been a lot of brainstorming, a lot of laughter. Just wanted to share with you guys some of the ups and downs a long the way.

Mariana Valdez, '16, MS in Social Science:

What were the laugh out loud moments, surprises, struggles, achievements and memorable moments?
One of the biggest struggles was to find a time were we could all meet, and establishing a routine for it. One of the surprises for me was the fact of how many things we have in common, even coming from different backgrounds we were able to find a common ground and a way of working

What's the best thing to share with someone who hears about your project for the first time?

To see the genuine interest people show, when they ask more questions about it and give a positive feedback or opinion on what they think would work best for you. Without joining, there is a will of people to help.

What conversations do you want to start with your fans and followers?

I would like to start a discussion on how to create a community network of local farmers, everywhere.

What support are you looking for from the crowd at this moment?

That they take the time to know our project, like our page, and just read every other post we have. Ask questions! We love when people is involved!

Daniela Silva, '14, BA Ag Leadership and Development:

What were the laugh out loud moments, surprises, struggles, achievements and memorable moments?

We struggled at the beginning of our journey when, as a group, we were trying to narrow down our ideas and decide on what we really wanted our project to be. It was not until three or four times of us meeting that we finally decided what our project was and how we wanted to approach it. It was that moment of breakthrough that felt like our first real achievement as a team.

What's the best thing to share with someone who hears about your project for the first time?

Most people are very responsive to hunger statistics, so it is best to share some knowledge over what issue we are trying to find a solution for. From there, sharing some form of our mission statement generally creates immense interest and people are eager to learn more.

What conversations do you want to start with your fans and followers?

I would love for fans and followers to ask as many questions as possible! They key to our mission is education. I want them to understand that what we are doing is aiming to inspire a new generation of self-sufficient and self-reliant farmers.

What support are you looking for from the crowd at this moment?

Social media, social media, social media! I believe social media is our strongest tool, and the more people spread the word by ‘liking’, ‘retweeting’, and ‘sharing’ our pages, the stronger we will be.

Chanel Reinertsen, '14, BS Biomedical Sciences:

What were the laugh out loud moments, surprises, struggles, achievements and memorable moments?

As a group we understand that taking on TFF is a serious commitment and luckily since we are all dedicated students we are understand how important it is to remain flexible yet still dedicated. We are all very involved students and finding a balance will always be a personal struggle we all must face. I personally feel that coming together and working together is a huge achievement. We all have different majors yet come together to collaborate and share ideas and skills. TFF is just such an amazing opportunity that none of us wanted to pass up.

Life is full of surprises and I haven’t been so lucky in the past with group assessments in who I get to work with. For me I am very proud of how hard everyone is working and how supportive we all are of one other when we didn’t really know each other before a month ago. I feel like every time we meet we have a new challenge for each other and so far have been an amazing support system always trying to do what is best for the team.

What's the best thing to share with someone who hears about your project for the first time?

I think the first thing people can hear when we talk about our idea is our passion, to want to make a difference. We haven’t worked out all of the wrinkles in our idea because there is just so many different ways to approach a problem so diverse but with dedication we know we have a chance to leave our mark to fight famine.

What conversations do you want to start with your fans and followers?

That awareness is key. So many times I feel that others are simply ignorant of the facts and how things are. Hunger is a real problem affecting millions worldwide and together we need to try and create a creative yet sustainable solution. For our fans I would just like to let them know that we are open for discussion and if they want they are more than welcome to share their ideas or if they want to ask us any questions about the programs or our commitment to help humanity we are all more than willing to share.

What support are you looking for from the crowd at this moment?

Really just positive feedback right now as we are just in our beginning phase. We know as we progresses we need to be challenged, but for right now questions and the proof that we are not alone in our movement is wonderful encouragement. We would like to let all our family and friends to know that we are serious about TFF and that we are open to suggestions in how we can be better.

Amanda Brown, '16. MS Agriculture:

What were the laugh out loud moments, surprises, struggles, achievements and memorable moments?

The biggest struggle we have had as a team is finding the time and place to meet. With such a wide diversity of majors and backgrounds, it was hard to find a set time that met everyone's schedule. We have since then overcome that and really bonded as a team. I find it really interesting that we have so much diversity within our group, it really builds on our project. We all bring something different to the table and its going to be interesting to watch our final project unfold.

What's the best thing to share with someone who hears about your project for the first time?

In my opinion, the best thing to share with someone is some statistics on why we are focusing on our project the way we are, and how beneficial it could potentially be. My initial goal would be to spread awareness and spark a light in someone to be come involved.

What conversations do you want to start with your fans and followers?

As we have discussed in our team meetings, awareness is key. Stating facts, and presenting information to the public eye is going to help raise even more support and awareness for our project. We want to engage our fans/followers in conversation on what they would possibly do to contribute to the overall project. Having an open discussion allows for more ideas, and possibly even improvement upon the one's already thought of. It is also a good way of communication to get everyone involved in some aspect, even if it is simply by sharing an article we posted.

What support are you looking for from the crowd at this moment?

Feedback. Feedback. Feedback. Did I mention feedback? While our backgrounds (as I said before) brings many different things to the table, having even more ideas behind the project can only improve us. Support from the crowd in my opinion, would also be about helping us to spread our idea, and get more people involved. The bigger the project, the potential for a bigger outcome.

Project Iteration / Published November 14, 2014 by Daniela Michelle Silva

Project Iteration

After weeks of brainstorming, revising, and debating, we were finally able to boil down our concept onto one sheet of paper - drawn out!

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission at Famine Fighting Outreach (F2O) is to establish an educational school program for girls, taught by women, in subtropical areas that allows female students and their ...Read More

Our Background

We are compelled as privileged citizens of developed countries to contribute to and aid those who have not been granted the same opportunities or resources as us. Famine ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.