Two billion people suffer from malnutrition worldwide. As many as one third of the world's population cannot achieve their physical and intellectual potential due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Through our Homestead Food Production program, Helen Keller International helps improve communities' local food production systems by creating year-round gardens with micronutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and small farms for raising poultry and livestock. The fruits and vegetables from the gardens ensure the availability of vitamins and minerals essential for proper immune system function and full physical, intellectual and cognitive development.
Homestead Food Production also empowers women, who organize 90% of the gardens; they begin contributing to the economic stability of their families and make sure their children consume the nutritious food they grow.