Malawi chosen to pilot global nutrition project

Malawi has been chosen to be the first developing country to pilot a project that seeks to address the nutrition deficiency among its citizens. The  UK-based not-for-profit organisation, the Universal Child Nutrition Security Association (UCNSA) is championing the effort.

Malawi had entered into an agreement with the G8 to deliver nutrition security to her citizens, particularly her children.

Statistics from the 2010 Malawi Demographics and Health Study shows that lack of nutrition is damaging children and mothers in Malawi.

The UCNSA says in a statement that the Nutrition Security for all Malawi Infants, Children, Pregnant and Lactating Mothers and HIV/AIDS Sufferers project aims to address the challenge.

Jon Maguire UCNSA representative to visit Malawi

“The aim of the Universal Child Nutrition Security AssociationG8 is to show the world the ‘HOW TO’, leaving only the ‘WILL’ of the international community to make global child nutrition security a reality,” reads the statement in part.

The statement says the initial focus is on Malawi as one of the poorest countries who were failed by the European powers in the Berlin Conference of 1885 when her boundaries were established, leaving her with no access to the sea and few resources other than subsistence agriculture.

“Malawi has also suffered from successive failures of her own Government, with rampant corruption undermining donor support and economic growth.

“The Association will look to deliver a programme for Malawi with the support of her Government but operated outside of her Government through a not-for-profit company or similar i.e. it will be directly funded,” it says.

Representatives of the UCNSA are expected to be in the country from Tuesday, December 10  to establish the global pilot scheme as well as learning from the Malawi pilot scheme to provide an operational model for all countries of the world.

The UCNSA official to visiting Malawi Jon Maguire told Nyasa Times that the primary role of the UCNSAG8 is to put together a team of experts capable of delivering a daily school feeding programme for seven million children.

“My visit to Malawi will be to engage with crop producers, such as NASFAM and ADMARC, processors such as Transglobe and Rab and logistics businesses such as Mulli Brothers. I will also look to meet with the main political parties and the main Faith organisations. By 22 December I hope to have in place the Malawi team and from there we go for funding to do a comprehensive business plan, ” he says.

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