H2Grow

Food where it is most needed

Enable people in the world’s harshest areas to grow food using local hydroponic solutions and lead themselves into a sustainable future

Use Case

Picture yourself living in a community close to Lima, in Peru, with limited financial resources and with little access to water. You buy non-expensive and, many times, low nutritional food for your family as fresh vegetables are expensive and not easily available. This has a great impact on your family’s nutrition and health. You are also looking for providing a better future for you and your children. Or imagine yourself as refugee living for 15 years in a camp in Eastern Chad. You rely on external food aid and on your livestock for nutrition intake and also for additional income from its sale, but your goats are feeding on garbage. Your family lacks essential nutrition and their health is compromised. Also, your goats are so thin they don’t value too much in the local market

Potential

Hydroponics is becoming more and more popular for urban and indoor gardening. However, for the World Food Programme the requirements are different. Every day too many men and women across the globe struggle to have a nutritious meal. 1 in 9 people in the world suffer from hunger and 1 in 3 from malnutrition. In most cases, these people live in harsh locations, where traditional agriculture is not possible, but hydroponics can be introduced as a feasible and water-efficient solution. With hydroponics you grow crops anywhere and bring food to the most needed. Our goal is to reach 1 million people by 2020 with hydroponics, reducing malnutrition and supporting our beneficiaries with a self-sustainable food production solution

Business Case

In Peru, the very proactive and creative community in Ventanilla area is already generating their own income from hydroponics growing. Within a few months, the initial investment pays off which makes this a very affordable solution for urban families that want to start their own small business by selling part of their hydroponics vegetables. In Chad, one family planting 1KG of millet today (0.4$) will harvest 10KG of fresh green fodder in 7 days. With this fodder, the family can feed 5 goats, which will give 10-15l of milk/day. The family use part to feed the children but sell 8l of that milk per day. Some goats will serve as nutritious and protein-full meals for the family while others will be sold and bring additional income to the family

Objectives:

  1. Increase access to fresh food, reduce malnutrition of people and create sustainable means for people to grow their own food, no matter where
  2. Roll out the simplified technique for hydroponic fresh vegetables production into other municipalities in Peru via government partners
  3. Install 90 hydroponic family units to grow fodder in 6 refugee camps and within 3 host communities in Eastern Chad, reaching 630 people

Team H2Grow

N'Djamena, Chad

Our Team

Growing fodder in Eastern Chad / Published May 7, 2018 by Teresa Nascimento

Growing fodder in Eastern Chad

This is the first production of this hydroponics unit - a great achievement.

Growing food in the Algerian Desert / Published May 7, 2018 by Teresa Nascimento

Growing food in the Algerian Desert

https://insight.wfp.org/growing-food-in-the-algerian-desert-28dc89219a9a

Easy hydroponics in Peru / Published May 7, 2018 by Teresa Nascimento

Easy hydroponics in Peru

http://innovation.wfp.org/project/hydroponic-growing-peru

Our Mission

Improve nutrition and enable a healthier and more sustainable future for vulnerable people living in deserted zones with no fertile soil, in extreme climate conditions by developing adapted and localized hydroponics solutions. These solutions produce fresh and nutritious vegetables that feed families, animals or that are sold in local markets, generating new businesses. We are H2Grow, four professionals working for the World Food Programme dedicated to the mission of reaching Zero Hunger by 2030

Our Background

The World Food Programme (WFP) has been piloting hydroponics to support food-insecure families in harsh living conditions. We support them to build hydroponics units with local materials and to produce fresh food. In Chad, a family can harvest nutritious fodder in 7 days, feed the goats and get quality milk. In Peru, families are growing lettuce and pak choi, feeding their children and selling part of the produce. Our goal is to replicate these models and reach other challenging locations

Growing fodder in Eastern Chad / Published May 7, 2018 by Teresa Nascimento

Growing fodder in Eastern Chad

This is the first production of this hydroponics unit - a great achievement.

Growing food in the Algerian Desert / Published May 7, 2018 by Teresa Nascimento

Growing food in the Algerian Desert

https://insight.wfp.org/growing-food-in-the-algerian-desert-28dc89219a9a

Easy hydroponics in Peru / Published May 7, 2018 by Teresa Nascimento

Easy hydroponics in Peru

http://innovation.wfp.org/project/hydroponic-growing-peru

Our Team

Our Mission

Improve nutrition and enable a healthier and more sustainable future for vulnerable people living in deserted zones with no fertile soil, in extreme climate conditions by developing adapted ...Read More

Our Background

The World Food Programme (WFP) has been piloting hydroponics to support food-insecure families in harsh living conditions. We support them to build hydroponics units with local materials and ...Read More

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