Sep 26, 2012, updated August 2016
Projects led by women that improve nutritional status in local communities receive Nestlé Community Award.
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 initiative aims to promote a culture of food production as a means to reduce hunger and malnutrition at household level - and in the long term, help reduce poverty by addressing issues of food insecurity. The project encourages self-reliance through food gardens by positioning food gardening amongst women and schools as a means to feed themselves and their communities and also earn an income while emphasizing the importance of proper nutrition and healthy eating habits.
A Schools’ Nutrition Programme category was introduced in 2009 to encourage schools, especially those with indigent students, to grow their own vegetables in order to augment the food provided by the Schools’ Nutrition Programme initiated and supported by the National Department of Basic Education.
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.