The project rooting out infant malnutrition intends to improve nutrition status of women and children aims to improve vitamin A and energy intake for at rural households for women and young children using Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato OFSP, Soybean based approaches, and to ensure that a households growing the crops and sale the surplus. There is dairy consumption of nutritious food in households and youth are economically empowered through agribusiness.
Deficiencies of micronutrients such as vitamin A are widespread, especially in Africa. In Malawi, vitamin A deficiency is a public health concern. About 60% of children under five, 57% of non pregnant women, and 38% of men and school-age children have vitamin A deficiency. Orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP), one of the crops biofortified for provitamin A using conventional methods, is high in beta-carotene (provitamin A) and it is a possible solution to Vitamin A deficiency and under-nutrition.
The project objectives will be achieved through the formation of women and youth clubs initiative nurtured by YAED. This is through mobilization and organization of women and youths into nutrition and agri-business groups for growing, distribution and marketing of OFSP based products. Women will be mobilized and organized into agribusiness groups and trained in OFSP food production and selling. The project will also use the women to create awareness for regular consumption of OFSP based products
There will also be social inclusion aiming at empowering the women and youth, single parent households and those living positively with the HIV pandemic. This will give them a firm decision making voice about situations affecting their lives hence achieving shared prosperity. The project will also keep the single mothers away from indulging in risky behaviors such as prostitution, theft which might negatively affect their lives.