Food Plant Solutions
Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group (FPSRAG) is a dynamic project that focuses on addressing malnutrition, hunger and food security using readily available local food plants.
FPSRAG creates educational resources that help people, particularly women, understand the connection between plant selection and nutrition, and empowers them to grow a range of plants with differing seasonal requirements and maturities.
It’s a self-sustainable solution to hunger, malnutrition and food security.
The work is underpinned by the Food Plants International database of edible plants for all countries of the world, developed by Tasmanian agricultural scientist and Officer of the Order of Australia recipient, Bruce French.
This database contains information on over 27,500 edible plants for all countries of the world, and includes details such as: how to grow, where to grow, what parts are edible and nutritional information.
Malnutrition and other serious health problems, such as blindness, intellectual disabilities, anaemia and impaired growth are due to the lack of balanced nutrition in the diet.
FPSRAG use the database to identify locally adapted food plants with the highest level of nutrients that are missing from the diet, with the objective that people can grow their own food to overcome these serious conditions.
The program has evolved from the earlier Learn Grow program into Food Plant Solutions, the only Rotarian Action Group established and based in District 9830.
Food Plant Solutions is a registered RAWCS Project No. 32-2009-10.
FPS RAG Chair: PDG Una Hobday Hobart