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Rural Challenges -1

Poverty is widespread in Sabah. The continuing Covid-19 pandemic and rising cost of basic food have worsened the livelihoods of many already struggling rural families. In the over 74 scattered rural Kota Belud communities, food insecurity is a serious issue as most underprivileged families and their children are barely eating enough to survive each day.

Farming is one of the only means for rural families to make a living and eat, but due to poor farming conditions, it has become extremely challenging and brings little results. Most rural families are forced to spend their earnings on buying their daily food from shops, and those who cannot afford face health issues from poor diets, especially in children’s development.

The Challenges for Rural Families

Results With Hopes Malaysia’s Sustainable Farming Projects

What we can do - 1
  • Over 300 families have joined our growing sustainable farming initiatives to achieve long-term food security by sustainably growing a variety of crops..

  • Farmers from over 10 rural villagers have been empowered with the skills, knowledge and tools needed to start green, sustainable small-scale farming.

  • Rural families utilize our gravity water systems in their communities to ensure reliable water supply to their farms, even during droughts.

  • Through natural farming methods, such as vermicomposting and hügelkultur, crops are organically fertilised while reducing food waste and avoiding harmful farming practices.

  • Once families have excelled in crop farming, fish farming are introduced to provide households with reliable protein sources.

  • Having a constantly available food supply at home better prepares rural communities for food crises.

  • Lasting food self-sufficiency improves villagers’ health and enables families to have better futures and sustainable livelihoods.