I think this is a great idea ! http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped-animal-lovers/OU5044AG
it provides the materials for a family, not financially well off, to plant an allotment. If successful it will enable the family to feed themselves and provide a surplus that can be used to sell / barter for other stuff. From my experience, the task of looking after an allotment can be very hard work, but the satisfaction of growing and providing food for my family is also very emotionally rewarding.
Well done Oxfam !