Food Supply and Gender Equality

Malnutrition is one of the most pressing problems in the Ibo District. In fact, 51.4% of children between 6 months and 5 years old suffer from chronic malnutrition, one of the highest rates in Mozambique.

One of the main problems people face is a lack of access to a balanced, varied diet, and an unstable food supply, two factors that make development at a local level very difficult.

The project has been divided into three parts:

  1. Carrying out a nutritional survey. This study, based on fieldwork, shows us the nutritional state of the population, (particularly amongst children). We use this survey to help us build a picture of the situation on the island, and it is a key reference point for our close work with the island population.
  2. Creation of the centre. We have renovated an abandoned building in Ibo, alongside local people and institutions. The centre was opened in March 2010.
  3. Development of the Nutritional Education Programme. The Nutritional Centre has helped over 5000 people. The importance of our programme lies in its long-term sustainability, since rather than handing out nutritional supplements, it has formulated five recipes for nutritionally enriched porridge which people can easily make using local produce.
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