ENGAGEMENT, EDUCATION & EXPANSION:
N-EAT believes in offering youth-centered development opportunities as part of its programming. The team works with community members to develop school curriculum and activities related to food production and nutrition. These activities aim to get youth excited about and equipped with the skills to garden. Games and social events are used as a fun way to bring the community together in the garden. These activities are further supported by use of social media to provide information on nutrition, food preparation and vegetable production. Follow N-EAT on Instagram and Facebook here.
Youth leadership in Klemtu has been key to steering local engagement and working with N-EAT to achieve success. Through community-led research, several key factors for achieving sustainable food production and a circular economy were identified as missing from the local infrastructure. Young leaders have taken initiative to work with N-EAT resources and engage with government, NGO’s, and private enterprises to address these gaps. Meetings in the legislature have enabled indigenous youth to promote their community and pitch for government funding to expand energy systems and secure mechanisms for industrial composting. Without this crucial infrastructure, the community leans dangerously towards becoming reliant on diesel and a local waste dump that could pose significant health and environmental risks. For these reasons, the work of N-EAT and community leaders is critical to create a sustainable and self-sufficient food system in Klemtu.