Improving food security and nutrition on the remote island of Sumba – Indonesia

Honga, Kristina and their children live in Sumba, an island east of Indonesia.

They are part of SurfAid’s NUSTATANI program, which helps local communities in the region strengthen agricultural production on their family farms, boost income generation and promote better healthcare practices.

The family shares roles with Honga and Kristina in preparing the land and planting seeds, and the older children help by watering the crops. Recently, they went through a series of training sessions to improve their farming practices. Their eldest son Yanto has joined them as he hopes to one day join the family farm.

Since the training, the family has moved on to using organic matter for crop fertilization. Additionally, they have started planting various types of vegetables to create diversified and sustainable sources of income. Their crops include pak coy, mustard greens, kale and tomatoes.

“I no longer have difficulty buying nutritious vegetables to feed my children. They are readily available in my own garden,” Kristina tells us.

The family sells part of their harvest to local residents and keeps some for their own cooking. They took nutrition and cooking classes at their local community health post and learned the importance of making their vegetable intake more regular.

Kristina has learned that there are many local ingredients that can be used in delicious meals for her family. Kale, for example, is rich in vitamin K which can be consumed in a variety of ways.

Kristina wants to continue providing healthy food for her children, especially her youngest Lia, so that her weight and height continue to increase as expected.

“Thanks to the cooking classes, I can now prepare a range of nutritious, but also delicious foods for my family,” she said.

With your continued support of SurfAid’s programs, food security can be an achievable goal for those living in remote Indonesian villages, like Kristina and Honda’s family.

With a greater focus on healthy behaviors, nutrition-sensitive sustainable agriculture, and income opportunities, communities will be empowered to make positive changes and continue the practices they have learned into the future.

Our work in these regions and across Indonesia is making a difference to the health outcomes of local people and their communities.

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