Established in 2007, the Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group creates publications that help people understand the connection between plant selection and nutrition, and empowers them to grow a range of highly nutritious plants which have different seasonal requirements and maturities.  The work is underpinned by a database of edible plants for all countries of the world.
I am writing on behalf of Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group, www.foodplantsolutions.com to give you some information about us and the work we do.
 
Established in 2007, FPSRAG creates publications that help people understand the connection between plant selection and nutrition, and empowers them to grow a range of highly nutritious plants which have different seasonal requirements and maturities.  The work is underpinned by a database of edible plants for all countries of the world, developed by Agricultural Scientist and Officer of the Order of Australia recipient- Bruce French.  We work in over 30 countries with program partners, who use our educational materials to empower through education, their communities, by helping them plant gardens and use the products grown in them.
 
Maybe we could partner with Rotary Clubs in your district, who are developing a Global Grant, maybe to build a school or hospital in an area of need?  We could provide an add-on to that grant whereby a school or community garden could be added so that the families would also be able to live healthy lives with a secure food base.
 
Food Plant Solutions get many enquiries from NGO’s who need our educational materials as they have heard about them from other NGO’s. We then have to fundraise through clubs to pay for their production, translation, and sometimes printing. This costs time and money, time which most of these people who need them do not have.
 
We ask that you consider asking each of your clubs to think about putting aside $500 in their budgets each year, to enable us to say “Yes we can” to those requests much faster than we do now. By searching our website you can see the documents, taking into account the needs of the country who requested them.
 
We have had much success.
In Vietnam at the Truong Dinh Nam Primary school, working with AOG world Relief Vietnam, malnutrition was significantly reduced in one year- one school had a reduction of 80% and another 95% IN ONE YEAR. The children were taught the nutritional values of herbs and vegetables and school gardens were established. Now other schools in the area are also using this materials to work in their communities.
 
In Ecuador, Richard Miller, Rotary Club of Los Chillos Milenio has said “I just want to say BRAVO for the work in producing materials such as this guide. To me it is a perfect example of what Rotary is about, well done.”
 
These are just some examples of what we can do with your help.
 
 
Yours in Rotary,
PDG Una Hobday, PHF, OAM
Chair, Food Plant Solutions RAG