Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
After an extremely severe drought from March-June 2015, Haitian farmers in Gressier lost 80% of their crops and were left food insecure. These families didn't have the quantity of food typically available nor the financial capability to purchase food since agriculture is their primary source of income. An NGO that has spent $1,000,000 importing food aid to Haiti invested just $500 to purchase locally produced food aid meals. This alone provided 2,000 meals, 8 local jobs to unemployed families, and supported the farmers and the vendors selling the products in the markets. These meals provided 50 families enough supplemental food for a month. Now imagine the impact of this NGO if all $1,000,000 were locally produced meals!!
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
To date, Food Aid 2.0 has developed an equivalent food aid meal that is 100% locally produced in Haiti, trained one Haitian assemblage team, and initiated the implementation phase with a 2,000 meal distribution. For every $1,000 spent to purchase local food aid, approximately $600 buys the ingredients from local farmers and $400 creates jobs to assemble the meal. Therefore, 100% of the funds stay in the hands of the Haitian people. Supporting the local economy is extremely important because Haiti has enough food to feed itself, but people lack the financial capacity to purchase the food. In 2016, Food Aid 2.0 will need to invest time and resources into training more Haitian teams to increase the capacity of meals that can be produced and to spread the benefits to other communities in Haiti. We desire to have the capacity to produce 40,000 meals per week with five teams by 2017.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
By 2020, Food Aid 2.0 desires to have trained Haitian teams strategically spread across the country that can produce over 500,000 meals per week. This will be accomplished with 20 teams, each with the capacity to assemble 25,000 meals per week. NGOs will be able procure food aid through this network to respond quickly and efficiently to any food insecurity. Haiti, a country known for receiving food aid, will even have the potential to produce and export meals to other countries in need through this network. After established in Haiti, the project can be replicated in other countries as well.