We recognize that poverty in the developing world is multifaceted. For example, saying water security invariably stimulates one to think about the quality of drinking water. This is a serious problem world wide, however, this is not our focus. Spring Rains is targeted at nutritional food production which includes a facet of water security.
Our focal point in the fight against poverty is directed at the fundamental need the poor have for a source of abundant nutrient rich food. Therefore, we support these two initiatives:
Before you can grow nutrient rich vegetables you must have robust soil. Among many other issues, poor crop rotation (constantly growing the same carbohydrate crops on the same land) and the overuse of chemical fertilization (if they are able to afford it) has literally resulted in the expansive swaths of exhausted soil in the developing world.
Plants are what they eat. We support initiatives committed to amending and refurbishing the soil by the means of a variety of organic supplements.
The diet of the rural residents in the developing world is heavily weighted in either corn or rice. The consequence is a compromised immunity resulting in habitual bouts of sickness and ultimately premature death.
The foundation of a healthy immune system is a diet that is comprised of a heavy intake of vegetables. Therefore we support endeavours that result in the proliferation of village community vegetable gardens.
Deforestation, now coupled with an increase in Global Warming Drought, has resulted in compacted concrete like soil that is unable to absorb rainfall, nor is it amendable to tilling, let alone able to sustain growing vegetables. The soil is dead, void of air, insect microbes, earthworms and organic matter. Rainfall is not a blessing, but rather brings the curse of runoff and erosion.
In addition to resourcing major composting amendments to the community's fields, we support the creation of extensive rain harvesting infrastructure, including channels to both capture rainfall runoff and deliver the water to the: