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Better dietary options for healthier children 

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Resource ID

18529

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Policy & Institutions, Seed systems, Nutrition

Crops

Grain legumes, Groundnut

Systems

Farming Systems, Cropping Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa

Global Date

24/Jul/2020

Title

Better dietary options for healthier children

Keywords

Malawi, Care Groups, Nutritious meals, MSIDP, Smallholder farmer, Feeding systems, Nutrition, Coordinating Committees, Groundnut, Agricultural value chain

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Eastern & Southern Africa Program, Theme: Crop improvement and seed systems

Story Partners

The Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS) and the Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES), both under the Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi ; The Legumes Development Trust; International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT); and ICRISAT

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1864-2, 24 July 2020

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/better-dietary-options-for-healthier-children/

Description

In rural Malawi, over 16,000 people, including young children, have benefited from ‘Care Groups’ that train people to prepare nutritious meals using local produce.  the Malawi Seed Industry Development Project (MSIDP) consortium started working with smallholder farmer groups in Dedza, to not only help them secure their harvests, but also to introduce them to new feeding systems that would enhance utilization of such crops. In partnership with government’s Nutrition Coordinating Committees, the project adopted the government-approved approach of the ‘Care Group’ model to train communities on different diets that incorporate crops like groundnut and beans in their recipes. In 2019 alone, 16,974 households were reached with nutrition training. This effort has now grown beyond Dedza district to other parts of Malawi.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

24/Jul/2020

CGIAR Research Program

GLDC

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