WHO WE ARE
In the face of today's multifaceted global challenges, community-based food initiatives are becoming increasingly important. It is important to acknowledge that great ideas for low-cost and dynamic solutions to food insecurity are often already present at the local grassroots level. However, community-based initiatives often have the least access to funding and the least capacity to develop funding proposals.
With access to the means of both generating and sharing video becoming ever more prevalent, it is important that organisations adapt grant-giving processes so that digital video can be mobilised in ways that enhance the accessibility of funding and give greater space to local initiatives and community voice. At the same time, it is also critical that community-based organisations build their own capacity to harness the power of video and related ICTs, to communicate their ideas and thus, become more capable of attracting start-up funds.
Small Changes with Big Difference
Ten years ago, a handbook on "Making Video Proposals" was developed by Pamela Richardson-Ngwenya for the United Nations Development Programme's Global Environment Facility Barbados office, as a first attempt to support community groups to make video applications for their Small Grants Programme.
Since then, digital technology has moved on apace, with smartphones, apps, video technologies and wi-fi becoming increasingly prevalent and easily accessible, even for lower income communities in the Global South. It is thus an apt moment to revise and update the methodological toolkits available to NGOs and community-based organisations (CBOs), to better support communities worldwide to create their own video proposals to submit to funding programs such as the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF's SGP), as well as linking to crowd-funding platforms.
We are a small women-led Story Harvesting Collective focused on community-based stories of change and agri-food visions for the future. We are dedicated to amplifying the stories of small-scale food producers around the world.
Project Leader, Knowledge
Exchange Research Fellow
and Learning Facilitator
Project Assistant, Graphic Recorder
Graphic Recorder, Design and
Media and Publicity Officer
Co-Director of the Institute for
Sustainable Food, Professor of
Geography, The University of Sheffield
Project Partners and Collaborators:
- Tsitsi Wutawunashe: National Coordinator
- Luckson Chapungu: Programme Assistant