Small-scale farmers are the frontline response to the world’s environmental and social crisis.
Humana People to People is committed to supporting small-scale farmers towards increased sustainable food production. Globally, small-scale farmers produce the most food. They feed the world, reaching those who need it most: the rural and urban poor.
The small-scale are the driving force towards ecologically sustainable and socially fair agriculture systems. The land is the foundation for the small-scale farmers’ livelihoods and their culture.
Every day, climate disasters increase the challenge of producing food for the world. The overly globalised agri-business based food supply is a main contributor to environment destruction and at the same time vulnerable to global disasters such as global pandemics.
In contrast, small-scale farmers’ production is local and for the local market.
Humana People to People has been working systematically to support small-scale farmers with knowledge, skills and organisation in the Farmers’ Clubs programme since 2005.
Our approach to supporting sustainable agriculture and environment puts the farmers and their families at the centre of all activities, setting up Farmers’ Clubs to help share new farming methods and knowledge so they can advance together towards common goals.
Farmers are organised around sustainable production and regenerative farming practices, finding common solutions to challenges they face, and developing sound ethical practice and solidarity in their communities, in symbiosis with the natural world.
Through clubs, farmers share ideas, learn from each other, discuss and find solutions on issues affecting their farming, their communities and their lives. They also get opportunities to bargain for better prices and access financing. In addition, the clubs serve as a source of mentorship. The togetherness in the club provides for increased social cohesion in the community. The development improves the respect for every farmer, be it a woman or man.
Over the past 13 years, the Farmers' Clubs programme has spread across Africa, Central and South America, India and China, positively impacting more than 200,000 small-scale farmers.
Humana People to People is committed to supporting small-scale farmers, ensuring a fair deal for their work, increasing sustainable food production, and protecting the planet for future generations.
Farmers' Clubs is the Humana People to People concept designed to assist small-scale farmers to succeed in food production and to strengthen communities. A shift from subsistence to sustainable farming will help ensure food security both at household and national level.
Sustainable farming has the potential to increase small-scale farmers' productivity and transform farming into a viable venture. Many transformations are attained by collective efforts of small-scale farmers organised in their clubs, using up-to-date and available knowledge, better implementation of known methods of production and acquiring new and necessary farming skills such as crop diversification and rotation, soil and water conservation, organic farming methods and other environmentally-friendly practices.
Community resilience rests in shared experiences and togetherness in the struggle for meeting basic needs.
In Community Development, Humana People to People’s core strategy is to identify what is needed in a community together with the people, organising groups to take action and enhance social cohesion to create changes in their own lives.
The Sustainable Development Goals can in all simplicity be translated into the wish for a decent life for all, in a just society on a planet protected against destruction.
Though progress is being made in achieving some goals, they are seriously hampered by the inequalities that exist, which at one and the same time concentrate wealth on few hands and destroy our planet for the sake of creating more wealth for the few.
Maintaining a decent life is a daily struggle for millions of people - a life with health, education, shelter, clean environment, access to means of production, and safety from violence and exclusion. It relies on togetherness in families and communities who provides love, care and protection to its members, children and adults alike, as an act of resilience.
Children and young people are full of energy, ideas and hope for the future. They are a force to be reckoned with as communities face the harsh effects of systemic and multi-dimensional poverty. Their involvement is crucial.
Child Aid is the Humana People to People approach to integrated community development. Child Aid supports children, parents and the whole community to work together to improve living conditions for children and create opportunities for them not only to survive, but to develop their full potential. Child Aid is community-driven and places control of the development processes and decision making into the hands of people who are affected.
In Village Action Groups or similar community structures, people take action on what is important to them, establishing a forum to hold discussions, plan common tasks, acquire new knowledge, identify challenges, find and implement solutions together. Activities are designed to improve food security, promote good health, solve basic problems of water and sanitation, create better education conditions, and organise care for the sick or children in difficult situations.
It is essential to form alliances with the children themselves, as they are a force of development in their family. Child Aid works closely with children, enabling them to understand their rights, so they take an active role in safeguarding and upholding these. Child Aid supports children and families in securing birth certificates; children without parents are enrolled in schools and are monitored so they do not drop out; and children affected by HIV and AIDS and other illnesses get help to access medical treatment.
Child Aid can be easily adapted to situations facing a community and is often a starting point for wider development programmes, from tackling the spread of communicable diseases to education and income generation projects.
Health programmes need to have their point of departure in people and not in diseases; they must respond to how people live their lives.
Humana People to People is dedicated to helping to stop the spread of communicable diseases such as HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other preventable diseases.
The fight to gain control of HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria builds on the people in communities organised together and close collaboration with the public health system.
As in any other area of life, sustainable results within health rely on people as the key drivers in building and maintaining good health for all.
Sustainable Development Goal 3, Good Health and Well-being cannot and should not be addressed in isolation. Poor health is one of the first and most severe consequences of poverty. Inequality means millions of people do not have access to public health services.
Humana People to People’s central health projects focus on the biggest health challenges: persisting with the fight for gaining total control of the HIV and AIDS epidemic; fighting the spread of TB; and taking part in eliminating malaria. The poor all over the world are hardest hit by the large diseases and Africa as a continent still bears the brunt.
Our health projects build on the active participation of the people themselves in their communities. The projects work with the public health system so as to get the most out of their efforts and resources, and make use of the most advanced and accessible medical knowledge.
Total Control of the Epidemic
The Humana People to People's HIV and AIDS programme Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) is centred on the idea that only the people can liberate themselves from AIDS the epidemic.
Since 2000, Humana People to People's members have reached over 20 million people across 12 countries in Africa and Asia, connecting them with the information, services and support they need, depending on their HIV status, to live healthy and positive lives.
As a global network of organisations, members have been able to share experiences and lessons learned to strengthen and adapt programmes in line with changes in epidemiology and development knowledge.
Projects are based on community mobilisation, HIV testing, tuberculosis screening, referrals to treatment, and support for treatment adherence. Particularly in hard-to-reach areas and with key at-risk populations, project staff and volunteers build relationships with communities to provide access to HIV testing, often in the privacy of their own homes, and connect people affected by HIV and AIDS with family and community-based support groups. Stirring informed debate about prevention and protection against infection is part of the community mobilisation.
A solid cooperation with local and national health authorities is also key to the success of the programmes.
Similar approaches are now used in programmes fighting tuberculosis and malaria and are being adapted to programmes that include non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.
Total Control of TB
TB is the world's deadliest infectious disease and is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, accounting for one in three AIDS-related deaths. This is despite active TB being almost always curable with antibiotics.
Humana People to People is working towards the World Health Organisation strategy to "End TB by the year 2030" through its Total Control of TB (TC TB) programme. The TC TB programme, like the Total Control of the Epidemic programme used in the fight against HIV, utilises community networks to halt the spread of TB through homes, villages and townships.
The Community Health Workers - also called Field Officers – and volunteers are instrumental in mobilising, informing and organising people. The aim of the TC TB programme is to equip people with knowledge to be able to protect themselves from TB infection and to detect TB cases at the early stages. All detected cases are linked to the health facilities for treatment.
Humana People to People members run projects in five countries reaching thousands of people on prevention, identification and treatment of TB.
Total Control of Malaria
After an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled. According to the World Malaria Report of 2018 using data from 2015 to 2017, no significant progress has been made in reducing global malaria cases in this timeframe
Fifteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa and India carried almost 80% of the global malaria burden. Humana People to People malaria prevention programmes equip the communities to adopt malaria prevention measures, seek early malaria diagnosis and treatment at health centres. Surveillance of malaria cases and deaths is done to identify the areas or population groups that are most affected by malaria, and for enactment of data driven response and better resources utilization for maximum impact.
The programme provides malaria testing, malaria treatment and malaria tracking services. Malaria posts for diagnosis and treatment are set up in targeted communities and outreach activities are done for the high prevalence communities. To generate demand for the posts the programme conducts door-to-door campaigns in the communities performed by trained community health workers and hold monthly malaria testing days.
Education is a powerful tool in the hands of the people when striving for a better life and has long-term impact on development.
Humana People to People’s pedagogy is characterised by creating a space for students of all ages to be the drivers and navigators of their own training, in a collective setting where studying together and individually go hand in hand.
Exploring the reality of life and using what is learned to influence that reality are essential recognizable elements – from preschool to university level, in practical as well as academic studies, and with sustainable life skills integrated.
Education is a human right for all that should be fulfilled by public and free quality education for all ages.
Humana People to People’s strategy of long-term support to public education goes back more than 25 years. The strategy takes its point of departure in the public education system, which should be a system accessible for all in a given society.
Working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4, Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Life-Long Learning, our education programmes create a space for students of all ages, supporting children’s education for the marginalised and those living in difficult circumstances.
The Teacher Training programmes target rural communities across Africa and Asia and educate teachers, who are committed to overcoming barriers to meaningful education, together with students, colleagues and communities.
Accountability is central to education. Our education programmes are intertwined with the specific economic, social and cultural contexts of each country, and are integrated into the legal and performance-driven set-up of education today.
Our schools and education programmes build trust among students and colleagues, across genders, bridging gaps and instilling trust between students and their teachers.
Since 1993, Humana People to People has been on the forefront of training committed teachers for the public primary schools. More than 42,000 teachers have been trained in Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Guinea Bissau, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and India.
The teacher training colleges have programmes spanning from one to three years, and all except India are boarding schools. Central to the training is giving students a zest for life and learning and how to manage and convey curriculum, knowing each and every student, engaging with parents and colleagues, and adapting the teaching to their students' needs and the conditions of the school and community.
When practicing Humana People to People pedagogy the students explore life in all its colourful aspects while learning. They experience many different learning processes and become conscious of how and when learning takes place. Only then the students can transform knowledge on subject matter into real teaching. The training is organised with the student as the driving force in his or her own learning and gives the student the personal experience of what works in teaching, learning and living to bring along into his or her future profession.
The collection and sales of second-hand clothes funds social development projects while at the same time protects the environment.
The Humana People to People collection and sales of clothes has been developed over many years as a social enterprise to create double value in promoting sustainability and supporting social development projects across Africa, Asia and Central and South America.
Our work in the collection and sale of second-hand clothes is critical in reducing waste, promoting reuse, providing affordable clothing to developing countries and raising funds to support social development projects.
Humana People to People's approach
The Humana People to People collection and sales of second-hand clothes has been developed over many years as a social business to create double value in promoting sustainability and supporting social development projects across Africa, Asia and Central and South America.
Over time, the global environmental impact of reuse of clothes has become more and more important too. We believe the most sustainable piece of clothing is the one already made and work to close the loop between production and waste, while also doing research about the social and environmental impact of the clothing supply chains.
Humana People to People members and associates collect clothes through clothes collection containers and shops across Europe and North America. The collected clothing is processed, sorted and given value; some clothing is sold in second-hand stores in Europe and North America, while other items are sent for further sorting and sale in Africa and Central America, including Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Belize. The clothing sent to those countries is being reused and worn by millions of people, whilst also contributing to employment.
This work is critical in avoiding valuable textiles ending up as waste; promoting reuse; providing affordable clothing to developing communities; and raising funds to support social development projects. With the reuse of recovered materials in consumption cycles, there is a strong decrease in CO2 emissions compared to the production of virgin materials.
Simultaneously, clothing that is transported to developing countries and sold is proven to support jobs and provide an important source of quality clothing which could not otherwise be afforded. In some rural communities, people take advantage of the affordable used clothing to create sustainable livelihoods by adding value to garments and reselling them on local markets.