Rotary District 9600
Rotary International District 9600 Limited ACN 125 588 696
Local people working in our local communities

FOOD   PLANT  SOLUTIONS


Food Plant Solutions previously known as "Learn Grow", has been developed to make people aware of the food available to them within their region that is more beneficial than introduced crops. It helps people in developing countries learn about and grow the best local food to meet their nutritional needs.

Many local plants are superior to introduced western or monoculture foods. They also thrive because they are adapted to their own local conditions. It is based on the work of Tasmanian Agricultural Scientist, Bruce French, who has developed the world's most comprehensive data base of edible plants.

Over 30 years of work has produced a resource of over 20,000 edible plants, including scientific and common names, photos and drawings, information on how to grow, nutritional information and how the plants can be prepared and eaten.

Rotary can, through this program, reduce malnutrition, illness, disease and child mortality caused by nutritional deficiencies. The objective is to assist developing communities to Learn about, and Grow, in their own backyards, the best local food plants that match their nutritional needs.

The Rotary Club of Devonport North has introduced this program to the world through Rotary International. In partnership with Food Plants International, the program has been initiated in Solomon Islands.

The Food Plant Solutions committee is focused on encouraging Rotary at Club and District level to assist by engaging as partners in programs through fund raising, bringing external fundraisers on board, identifying and launching programs within their own target country. It is simple for clubs to incorporate Food Plant Solutions into existing or new aid projects.

Rotary can identify the deficiencies in the population and Food Plant Solutions can provide the information. At an individual level, Rotarians can join and support the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group (RAG) and become part of the International network supporting the delivery of programs in developing countries throughout the world.

Register on the Food Plant Solutions website
        
www.foodplantsolutions.org

Support material in the form of an Information Kit includes a short promotional DVD on Food Plant Solutions, a 20 minute Power Point Presentation, brochures, samples publications and instructions. The video can be checked out on YouTube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDCgvh2Oelg

Major fund raisers are through the sale of a CD of Edible Plants of Tasmania, and a DVD of Food Plants of Australia and a Developing World Meal event for Rotary clubs.

Rotarians travelling to developing countries are invited to take photos of food plants, whether growing or in markets, and forward these to Bruce French and the Rotary Club of Devonport North.

Food Plant Solutions is a program to help people in developing countries overcome malnutrition and address food security.

Contact me for a Food Plant Solutions presentation at your club or organisation.

Russ Stephenson

Chair Food Plant Solutions. District 9600

The Rotary Club of Nambour

M: 0409 765 124


Website

www.foodplantsolutions.org

Contact

Rusmer@bigpond.com

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