Horta Brazil (INMED Partnerships for Children)

The Horta Brasil (Garden Brazil) alliance is a three-year initiative intended to combat hunger and promote nutritional self-sufficiency for children and families in the north and northeast of the country. The overall goal of the alliance is to reduce hunger and improve health among approximately 100,000 poor children, enhance long-term food security for local families, and boost income generating activities through the sale of surplus produce. These goals will be achieved by increasing the availability of nutritious produce through school gardens and nutrition education for children, teachers, school cafeteria workers and mothers of school-age children; treating children for intestinal parasitic infections that rob them of vital nutrients; treating them for micronutrient deficiencies that compromise their physical and cognitive development; educating them in good nutrition practices and preventive health, hygiene and sanitation measures; and increasing their access to clean drinking water. FY 2005 was the first year of implementation of the Horta Brazil program. The results to date, both in terms of resource leveraging and program accomplishments, are outstanding, making this initiative an exemplary alliance program. With the support of USAID and partners, Horta Brasil has successfully taken root in 15 of Brazil's poorest communities in eight states. In FY 2005, INMED reached more than 83,000 children in more than 350 schools with education, treatment, and nutrient supplementation. INMED also trained 415 teachers as "multiplier" trainers, who in turn trained more than 2,400 of their colleagues in the program's preventive health, hygiene, sanitation, nutrition and gardening topics. Other activities included the training of over 900 cafeteria workers in nutrition and food safety. As a result, 75 schools have incorporated produce from school gardens to improve the nutritional quality of lunches, with 25 other schools currently in the process of planting gardens and more than 200 more preparing to plant their own gardens in FY 2006. INMED also conducted biomedical examinations and anthropomorphic measurements among 2,750 children to determine nutritional status and prevalence of intestinal parasitic infection; administered deworming medication to nearly 74,000 children; and administered iron and multivitamin supplements to 1,500 anemic and borderline anemic children. In addition, INMED has also successfully engaged the support and participation of new government and school officials as key stakeholders in the success of the Horta Brasil program. USAID's partners have all met their initial obligation to the project, and have since made additional commitments. Monsanto Brasil and the Monsanto Fund made a three-year commitment to Horta Brasil from the outset of the project; GE Brasil and the GE Foundation made a two-year commitment at the outset of the project, which was scheduled to end June 30, 2006. GE has now nearly doubled the amount of the annual commitment and helped to add a basic education component to the partnership, beginning in October 2005, and has extended its commitment to September 30, 2008. El Paso Energy made a one-year commitment to the partnership at the outset. It has now extended that commitment for an additional two years, increased the annual funding, and brought in one of its subsidiary companies, TermoNorte. Johnson and Johnson/Janssen-Cilag made a commitment of drugs and funding for one year. They have provided all the drugs for the current project year, and doubled the amount of funding committed this year. In addition, they have tripled the amount of treatment drugs to be contributed in 2006. Funding for next year will be decided before the end of 2005. A new partner, Rio Polimeros, a Brazilian plastics company, entered the program during the current project year, and has renewed its support for 2006. Discussions are currently underway with HSBC Bank, Petrobras and the Ford Motor Compa
Total Lifetime Investment 
$ 3,500,000.00
USG Investment 
$ 500,000.00
Non-USG Investment 
$ 3,000,000.00
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