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.

 

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