WFP Impressed with Resilience Interventions in Balaka
The World Food Programme (WFP) has observed that building communities’ resilience to counter climatic shocks is crucial to cushion such people from its impact that usually challenges their health and education status.
WFP’s Director of Food and Nutrition Division Ms Abigail Perry said this in Balaka when she visited communities benefiting from its resilient interventions under Group Village Headman Amini, Traditional Authority Mbera who are tackling malnutrition besides restoring degraded environment in the district.
Perry who is in the country and also scheduled to meet minister of health, government officials, development partners and the private sector participating in WFP’s supported scaling up nutrition business network with her team, paid a courtesy call to the council authorities and later visited Traditional Authority Mbera area to appreciate care group sessions and income generating activities.
Some of the activities include cooking demonstrations, participants selling fruits and fruit tree seedlings to promote dietary diversity, crop production, livestock as well as homestead assets focused on complimentary feeding.
Perry said she is impressed with progress of the interventions being undertaken in the communities.
Balaka District Council Director of Planning and Development Edgar Chihana while complimenting efforts by communities, said there is a lot that has been done in investment and capacity building through technical staff support and that the council will embrace the concept and integrate it in their annual plan for sustainability.
One of the beneficiaries Gloria Twalibu says the interventions have tremendously impacted on her likelihood.