Pastory Mrosso, Amaranth Feeds Hungry Students in Tanzania
According to Pastory Mrosso, many children in rural areas of Tanzania are unable to eat throughout the school day due to poverty or the long distances between their local schools and homes. For younger children in particular, malnourishment and hunger can have dire consequences on their physical and mental development and ability to learn. Although the Tanzanian government has authorized the serving of school lunches in these areas, a lack of funding combined with unsustainable and costly animal food sources has largely prevented the success of such programs.
Pastory’s project focuses on the nutritious and hearty ancient vegetable and grain, amaranth. Pastory will plant school gardens of amaranth at 5 different public elementary schools in his region. Pastory will provide students training on the planting and harvesting of the crop, and the produce collected in the garden will be used to feed school children during the day.
GRANT AWARD DATE: June 19, 2015