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CIP embarks on nutrition behavior change awareness in Nsanje

Written by  Gladys Maleke

Nsanje, June 7: International Potato Centre (CIP) an organization promoting orange fresh sweet potatoes (OFSP) to improve nutrition and livelihoods will be conducting nutrition behavior change activities in five Traditional Authorities in Nsanje to improve community’s nutrition status.

Project Nutrition Officer, Stanley Mbewe said the project is aimed at improving OFSP through community based approaches using existing care groups in the communities to be providing different messages that would help to create awareness and behaviour change on Orange Fresh Sweet Potato thereby improving people’s nutrition.

He said community care groups would be involved in sensitization meetings, interactive learning through nutrition counseling sessions, recipe demonstrations and role play to convey OFSP nutrition messages. “The programme was introduced to improve nutrition in the district and the country at large.

Under-nutrition in the country is high 800,000 children under five are stunted and one million suffer from Vitamin A deficiency,” Mbewe said.

“Through this programme, communities will be sensitized on vitamins and minerals that OFSP contains and they will be given different approved OFSP varieties for farming,” he added.

Mbewe said they would be implementing programmes that would enable actual behavior change like exclusive breast feeding, nutrition in the context of HIV/Aids and food utilization and dietary diversification at household level.

Nsanje District Nutrition Coordinator, Kalima Chikafa commended CIP for introducing the project in the district, saying it would help to reduce high prevalence rate of malnutrition the district has been experiencing.

The project will be implemented in the district until 2021 in the targeted five Traditional Authorities of Mulolo, Malemia, Ngabu, Ndamera and Chimombo.



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