Food Security Hydroponic Gardens Fiji

The mission of our food security project is to establish high yield hydroponic gardens in communities to address malnutrition and food sustainability for woman and children who are living in poverty in Fiji

Hydroponic Gardening Food Security Fiji

Assist IVI in this ground breaking initiative to sow seeds of health, community, creativity, business opportunity and food sustainability for developing communities in Fiji.  

Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Pre-departure hydroponic garden training
  • Arrival & departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation – Home Stays (sharing with other volunteers)
  • 3 Meals per day
  • Use of necessary equipment and project materials
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Certificate of Completion

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

 

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Background Information

Hydroponic gardening can produce up to 9 times the yield of standard gardening while using 85% less water!  

This technology can truly change lives in impoverished communities providing food security and new sources of income.  

Through corporate sponsorship and donation, we are establishing commercial grade hydroponic gardening facilities in communities in Fiji where woman and children live below the poverty line. These communities consist of some of the most vulnerable populations in the region with food security and financial hardship a daily struggle.  

Project Aims

We will help end the cycle of poverty in this region by helping to solve the following issues:  

1) Lack of sufficient land for conventional farming

2) Lack of access to the water needed for conventional farming

3) Severe economic hardship & reliance on government funding to provide basic food requirements

4) Lack of access to fresh vegetables and lack of diet variation contributing to malnutrition, obesity and non-communicable disease.

5) Lack of purpose and community connection exacerbating social issues

About the Project

The project takes place in a housing commission with 124 flats that are rented out for $5FJD p/week to women and children. Many of the woman sheltering here are escaping domestic violence, or unemployment due to injury, disability, childcare commitments, old age and other social factors.   These people are greatly affected by illness, scarcity and depression.   The little support provided by the government is quickly spent on food, thus food security is the single biggest issue facing these communities.

The hydroponic gardens provide a low cost, sustainable strategy increasing dietary diversity and the introduction of micro nutrient rich foods. The benefit of hydroponic versus soil based systems is profound, requiring up to 85% less water & producing up to 900% higher yields per square meter of space.

Project Tasks

Establishing hydroponic vertical gardening systems within community housing Fiji will involve the following but not limited to;

  • Hydroponic system research and development
  • Local hydroponic supply sourcing agreements
  • Land and water management
  • Construction of facility
  • Assistance with handling of hydroponic merchandise
  • Installation of hydroponic systems
  • Training for the local community
  • Establishing a product support & maintenance process
  • Establishing operational funding agreements
  • Establishing a community distribution agreement
  • Benefits realization plan and monitoring
  • Public relations campaigning
  • Local business opportunity coaching and training
  • On-going care and maintenance of the facility 

Intake Dates

Roll-out of the project is planned for early November 2017 with on-going volunteer assistance throughout the year

Who can participate

Individuals with experience in gardening and/or hydroponic gardening are preferred in addition to volunteers with the relevant life-skills to carry out commercial related in-country agreements, public relations, business mentor ship and related tasks.  We also require general laborers who can assist in the many construction related tasks during the set-up and then gardeners to assist on-going.

Accommodation

Fiji volunteer home stay

Typical Volunteer Home Stay

Enjoy living like a Fiji local. You’ll have your own single or twin share room staying with another volunteer within private, clean and safe western style homes. You will have a place to store your personal belongings, a private bathroom and toilet (where possible – not all placements include this), a fan and single mattress or double/queen if sharing with your partner. Some home stays have self contained flats separate from the main residence. You can choose this option if desired. Internet is usually not included with most volunteers purchasing a temporary 3G plan for their own device.  Enjoy integrating into a local Fijian way of life. You’ll have the support and care of living with a real Fijian family. We have a dedicated team on the ground and a network of host families and ground operators in various parts of the country.

Meals

Meals are included and served at the host family for breakfast and dinner with lunch on site.  A typical day may consist of (subject to variation):

  • Breakfast – cereal, bread, butter etc, tea, coffee, milo.  Volunteers can make their own eggs should they wish.
  • Lunch – Volunteers to prepare their own sandwich. Tuna, cold meat, salad, eggs.   Some prefer to take left over dinner from the night before for lunch.
  • Dinner – Cooked meal (eg. stews, soups, curries, fish, roast vegetables, taro, sweet potato, bread, rice etc.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.  Please note that the Fijian government has recently introduced a volunteer visa which has a cost of $190FJD (approx $100 USD) and carries with it some restrictions (eg. additional paperwork/approval to extend beyond 14 days).  This is obtained upon arrival.   A standard tourist visa applies for 30 days and is free of charge.  It is your choice to advise immigration accordingly.

 

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