Afikepo Newsletter - Issue 6
Let them (children) grow to their full potential
Under-nutrition has characterized the nutrition situation in Malawi for decades and is a prominent factor leading to an annual loss in productivity and economic growth estimated at 10% anually2. To address these challenges, the Delegation of the European-Union (EU) is funding FAO/UNICEF interventions under the overall coordination of the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS and the direct implementation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. These are part of the Afikepo Nutrition Programme, a 5-year (2017 -2022) project supporting multi-sectorial efforts to curb malnutrition amond children below 5 years, women of childbearing age, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls. Afikepo is a Chichewa expression, which means “Let them develop to their full potential.” The programme is being implemented in Chitipa, Karonga, Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima, Kasungu, Chiradzulu, Thyolo and Mulanje.