“Bridging the Divide: Water Scarcity, Food Security and Health” and “What are the Major Problems in Terms of Food and Nutrition Confronting Humanity, and What Solutions Would Best Address These Problems?” These hefty questions were posed to Victoria Quinn, HKI’s Senior Vice President of Programs, at McGill’s Third Conference on Global Food Security in October.
During the conference, Dr. Quinn shared information about Helen Keller International’s Homestead Food Production (HFP) program. HFP is a strategy that prevents micronutrient malnutrition – deficiencies in iron, iodine, vitamin A and zinc that affect physical and mental health, causes blindness, and is implicated in nearly 40% of child deaths worldwide – through agriculture.
Families are taught to grow year-round gardens that contain micronutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and small farms for raising poultry and livestock. This approach has been proven to improve household food security and nutrition for participating families. Millions Fed, a 2009 report by the International Food Policy Research Institute, named our Homestead Food Production program in Bangladesh, “as one of the great innovations in agriculture programming in the past half century!”
What to know more about Homestead Food Production? Watch Dr. Quinn’s full 20-minute lecture on HFP.
And below is a video of a roundtable discussion with Dr. Quinn, Dyno Keatinge from AVRDC The World Vegetable Center in Taiwan, and Timothy Johns, Professor of Human Nutrition at McGill University, discussing the major problems facing food and nutrition security today, and how to bring proven solutions to needy families.