These programmes currently assist children and their families in rural communities and refugee settlements across Angola, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, and Uganda.

Our food security and livelihoods programmes are tailored to not only alleviate short-term hunger but to also promote sustainable food systems with the broader objective of achieving food security, improving nutrition, and promoting community agriculture to uplift and transform communities

Community agriculture training, nutrition gardens, and other grassroots educational livelihood initiatives are critical for rural communities to produce their own food to increase household food security and diversify nutrition. The sale of surplus produces increases household income thereby providing a way out of abject poverty. These interventions also aim to empower smallholder farmer groups through training in improved agriculture practices, provision of inputs and tools, and strengthening local agriculture market linkages.

We also strengthen communities’ food security and livelihoods through Food or Cash for Assets ( FFA/CFA) interventions with a primary aim to address immediate food needs while helping households to develop or improve essential community assets as a way of building resilience.

Our Food Security and Livelihoods programme interventions are designed to:

  • Improve Food Security
  • Uplift Women
  • Improve Nutritional Outcomes
  • Improve Skill
  • Develop Stability and Resilience
  • Empower and Restore Dignity

Food Security and Livelihood programme interventions used are selected based on an assessment of the respective community needs, operational context, and environmental factors. Interventions include, but are not limited to;

  • Community Gardens
  • Community Farms
  • Livelihood Training
  • Cash for Assets
  • Food for Assets
  • Food for Work
  • Value-Chain Systems
  • Small Farmer Markets (SAM’s) – Smallholder Agriculture Market Systems
  • Farmer Service Centres
  • Supplementary Feeding
  • General Food Distribution (GFD)

Without community participation, these projects cannot be successful so JAM engages with community leaders on an ongoing basis. Our Monitoring and Evaluation systems ensure that minimum standards are met but also include household visits, beneficiary liaison, and progress monitoring. Lessons and data are recorded to be shared with relevant parties ensuring transparency and accountability.

JAM is a member of the Food Security Cluster, working in partnership with other NGOs and aid organisations, governments, and various stakeholders to coordinate food security responses in humanitarian crises.

JAM Is also a part of the Cash Learning Partnerships Network, CaLP, where we are working towards strengthening and promoting multi-sectoral Cash & Voucher programming capacity in JAM.

Our Food Security and Livelihood programmes are tailored to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well Being, Quality Education, Gender Equality and Clean Water and Sanitation.

To read more about the difference our Food Security and Livelihoods programmes are making in the lives of many vulnerable individuals and their communities, visit our stories page here.