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Agricultural and nutrition interventions in Chitipa impress FAO

Written by  Bishop Witmos
Chen, I am impressed with government's commitment in running the project Chen, I am impressed with government's commitment in running the project

Chitipa, June 10, 2019: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has commended farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector in Chitipa for promoting food security in a quest to improving nutrition status of people in the district.

Speaking during a familiarization tour to some farmers in Chitipa, FAO representative in Malawi, Zhijun Chen said he is satisfied with efforts which are being undertaken by the stakeholders in ensuring food security as well as creating community awareness on the importance of inclusive nutrition.

"I am impressed to see communities’ commitment in acquiring knowledge from farmer field schools and nutrition learning centers that were established by Afikepo Project.

"Let me also express my gratitude over government’s interest to own the project. It is pleasing to see government employees collaborating with the FAO staff and I am confident enough that if this development continues, we will together achieve our intended goal of reducing malnutrition," said Chen.

FAO together with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) as well as Self Help Africa are implementing the Afikepo Project in Chitipa with an aim of increasing and diversifying dietary intake of safe and nutritious foods.

The project, among others, also targets to achieve optimal nutrition for women of child bearing age, adolescent girls, infant and young children and is being implemented through the Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Approach.

According to the focal person for nutrition interventions in Chitipa, Prince Shaibu, 33 percent of people in the district are stunted due to poor dietary intake.

Shaibu said despite Chitipa being a food basket district for northern region, communities in the district have had little knowledge on how to prepare and conserve nutritious foods.