According to the UN first Millennium Development Goal, reducing by half the number of people suffering from hunger by 2015 is a priority for the International community. The cause behind this alimentary insecurity is lack of access to food, at household level. The Humanitarian Aid Packaging (HAP) is a box made of recycled / recyclable cardboard, with embedded vegetable seeds. After being torn to pieces - each side contains a different type of vegetable - the packaging shall be buried, to create a garden that will supply each family in the settlement with fresh produce.
This will improve their poor nutrition and will help restore mental serenity through their work with land. HAP minimizes refuse volume and helps save a large quantity of fresh alimentary aid foodstuffs. The HAP project has been nominated for the INDEX:Award 2011, an award that focuses on designs having a life - improving impact.
As the organic contained materials do not need more than three months to bear fruit, i.e. an interval shorter than the six - month period of humanitarian aid programs, the proposed HAP could help in decreasing substantially the quantity of fresh food required.