US focuses on food nutrition
The United States government has launched two projects aimed at strengthening the nutrition and food security of smallholder farming households and people living with HIV in Eastern Province.
USAID Zambia Mission Director Susan Brems says the The Mawa project builds assets, bolsters nutritional practices and increases economic opportunities for very poor households.
Dr. Brems the project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development -USAID- and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief -PEPFAR- and led by Catholic Relief Services aims to help more than 21,000 vulnerable and very poor rural household.
She says it is targeted at areas becoming more food secure through activities that accelerate agricultural production and better nutritional and health practices.
Dr. Brems adds that the second project is aimed at improving the nutritional status of more than 50,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans, and other vulnerable children.
Funded by PEPFAR and led by the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health -PATH- Dr. Brems notes that it will deliver nutrition assessments, counseling, and locally produced therapeutic food to malnourished clients.
She says the project also trains health workers and community volunteers in the prevention and treatment of under nutrition.
Mawa meaning tomorrow in Nyanja together with the other project have received a 23.5 million US Dollar investment which is part of the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative’s plan to increase agricultural development and improve nutrition in Zambia.
This is contained in a statement availed to ZNBC News in Lusaka on Wednesday.