Karonga, Save the Children says there is need to empower farming communities with knowledge on nutrition for them to avert stunting and wasting in under-five children to enhance mental and physical development.
Save the Children’s District Project Officer for Karonga, Chiyembekezo Gwazayani, expressed the sentiments Friday when he briefed Wasambo, Mbande and Lupembe area development committees (ADCs) in the district on the newly introduced project dubbed ‘Enhancing Farmers’ Capacity to Scaling-up Nutrition in Malawi’.
Gwazayani said the objective of the project was to contribute to the reduction of stunting and wasting in children aged under-five years in Karonga District.
He, therefore, emphasized the importance of farming communities having knowledge of nutrition, especially the six food groups, saying it was critical in reducing stunting and wasting to provide children the opportunity to grow to their full potential.
Knowledge of six food groups, if the project is well implemented, can help to stump out stunting and wasting of under-five children, to enable them achieve maximum mental and physical growth,” said Gwazayani.
To achieve its objective, the project will create care groups with responsibility to teach nutrition lessons among households. It will also conduct open-days to showcase food groups and also leading cooking demonstrations using locally available foods.
Gwazayani further said, through the project, new Village Loans and Savings groups will be formed and existing ones strengthened to provide income to households to buy nutritious foods that are not locally available.
The project, which Livingstonia Synod Aids Program (LISAP) is implementing with funding from European Union (EU) through Save the Children, started January, 2017 and will phase out in July 2019.
The nutrition-based project is being implemented in five districts of Chitipa, Nkhata Bay, Mzimba, Rumphi and Karonga.
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA