Sep 26, 2012, updated September 2012
Food security is an important element in poverty alleviation. Through the Nestlé Community Nutrition Programme (NCNP), Nestlé is striving to build capacity for women to produce their own food through vegetable gardens. The NCNP, launched in 1993, was a direct response to the challenge of hunger in South Africa.
This programme honours the contribution of women who work towards improving the nutritional status of their communities by establishing or running basic food, nutrition or agricultural projects. This initiative aims to inculcate a culture of gardening as a means to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
The objective of this programme is to address issues of food security and malnutrition, encourage self-reliance through food gardens, position food gardening as a means to earn an income, emphasize the importance of proper nutrition and healthy eating habits and in the process improving the nutritional status of the community.
Value to Society
This programme supports women and schools who work towards improving the nutritional status of their communities by fostering a culture of gardening as a means to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
Each year projects or members of the community nominate a woman who they believe has contributed in the feeding of her community.
The short-listed candidates are judged on the basis of their project leader’s personal commitment, the significance of their initiatives to the needs of the community, the impact of the initiative on food security and the sustainability of the projects.
Value to Nestlé
The NCNP symbolises an ideal partnership model with a multi-stakeholder approach to addressing development challenges. Partner organisations like the Soroptomists International, Food Gardens Foundation and more recently, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Government Communication Information System (GCIS) have all partnered with Nestlé on this initiative of good nutrition and community building.