Ending Malnutrition

It’s hard to grow and learn on an empty stomach.

We partner with mothers and families to provide education and resources to empower women, improve nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life, and secure the nutritional and economic status of the community as a whole. As Dr. Norman Borlaug said, “You can’t build a peaceful world on empty stomachs and human misery.”


25 percent

In Ghana, 1 in 4 children under the age of five is stunted due to malnutrition.

1,000 days

Studies show the first 1,000 days of life, in womb through 24 months, are the most critical for cognitive development.

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 “I endorse this project because it is a simple and practical solution to alleviating hunger. In addition, the project trains [local residents] …and includes an affordable and available food source that allows project sustainability.”

Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Tackling malnutrition in the first 1,000 days.

The Growing Healthy Food, Growing Healthy Children program improves the economic and nutritional status of families by empowering women while addressing infants’ immediate nutritional needs.

The Nutrition team facilitates regular trainings and one-on-one counseling sessions on exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months, weaning techniques, and maternal and child health and nutrition.

The Agriculture team employs demonstration plots in target villages to offer hands-on training sessions focused on agricultural best practices, including how to grow the ingredients used for weaning supplements, while the Microcredit team works with interested mothers to provide business & money management training and access to microloans to start or grow a business.

Integrated interventions that work with women to increase access to high-quality foods, income-generating activities, and nutrition knowledge are able to increase food availability and income, add to the social status and empowerment of women involved, and lead to healthier child development.


Read a story about ending malnutrition

Munira Gets Support and Guidance for her Fourth Child

By Patience Obour - Promoting Good Nutrition Program Officer Munira, a mother of three children, joined Self-Help International’s Growing…

Good Nutrition Helped Mariam Learn to Walk

By Latifa Moomen and Patience Obour - Promoting Good Nutrition Program Officers Self-Help International facilitates a maternal-child nutrition…

Akosua Receives Life-Changing Support from Self-Help’s Nutrition Team

By Patience Obour - Promoting Good Nutrition Program Officer Patience Obour, Self-Help International’s Nutrition Program Officer and Nutrition…

Afia Makes Nutritious Weaning Food for Her Youngest Daughter

By Patience Obour - Promoting Good Nutrition Program Officer Good nutrition plays a crucial role in a person’s…

Ayishetu Promotes Good Nutrition in Her Family and Community

By Patience Obour - Promoting Good Nutrition Program Officer According to the World Health Organization (WHO), proper infant…

Self-Help Addresses a New Challenge at Schools in the School Feeding Program

By Patience Obour - Promoting Good Nutrition Program Officer In 2019, Self-Help International provided breakfast for over 800…

The Life Changing Impact of Good Nutrition

This report was written by Self-Help International Board Member and nutritional advisor, The Rev. Dr. Mary Jane Oakland,…

Jamilatu Gets the Support She Needs for Her Two New Healthy Babies

By Jesse Jackson Sarkodie - Promoting Good Nutrition Program Officer Jamilatu moved from her home near the Ivory…