Agriculture and Food security
Food security is a key issue in achieving Women's Empowerment - aiming for the eradication of poverty, with healthy, informed, secure and peaceful families and communities.
Food security is continually growing in importance in Haku owing to the rapidly increasing population, limited land for growing food, soil depletion resulting from traditional farming methods and the impacts of climate change.
With this in mind, in 2019 HWC:
The Agricultural Hub and rice mill have been a long-term plan of HWC, as part of its work for food security. Rice is a very useful crop for this purpose, as it produces up to three harvests a year in this climate, produces more food per square metre than traditional crops, and can be stored.
HWC in collaboration with PiCCA were awarded a ‘Community Friendship Grant’ from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the project. DFAT contributed $A35,000; PiCCA contributed $A2,300 in cash (from earmarked donations) and $A4,700 of in-kind support to the project.