The project relates to planning in the sense that they had to determine how best to address the needs of a community of people. Rebecca observed, “Not unlike rural poverty in the US, many of the villager’s challenges were related to a lack of reliable transportation, inaccessible services due to low income, poor rural infrastructure, and educational or language barriers.” Many of the villages and communities had become so accustomed to receiving sporadic assistance from NGO’s and NPO’s, that they have been conditioned into thinking they couldn’t solve their own problems. Rebecca attested that, “It’s a clear example of why planners need to start thinking more about food accessibility within their scope of work.”
Over the course of the spring semester the team will be compiling the information gathered and formulating recommendations for CRS. They hope that the insights gained from the interviews and focus groups will shed some light onto how nutrition status can be improved through efforts that CRS is already engaged in.
|Giraffes in Chobe National Park. Image provided by Rebecca Gershon.|
|The team conducted a mapping exercise in a school in the village of Mweke. Image provided by Rebecca Gershon.|
|A group of mothers worked on a daily food chart in Imulunga. Image provided by Rebecca Gershon.|
(Information provided by Rebecca Gershon)