Over 90 percent of the national population living under $1 per day and the sustainability of the Malawian diet has proven highly volatile, as both natural phenomenon and human activities have resulted in a persistent track record of food insecurity.Approximately over half of the population faces a major food insecurity crisis due to extreme crop instability and economic turmoil. The population most affected by this crisis are children; especially those under five years.By March 2016, approximately 1.4 million children suffer malnutrition.In 2015, 23% of all child mortality cases were associated with malnutrition.The physiological manifestation of malnutrition in the vulnerable years of childhood results in stunted growth; both as physical delay and mental impairment.Nearly 18 percent of grade repetitions in school are associated with learning setbacks.In addition, around 60 percent of adults in Malawi are still suffering repercussions of insufficient diets as children.Food security and nutrition: We work with the District leaders, community leaders and Chiefs by prioritizing community ownership strategies, rather than imposing our perceived solutions on a foreign community, we support the local leaders who live there by building up their own ideas. We believe the best solutions are entrepreneurial, so we focus on early stage ventures that exist to improve access to education or healthcare, create jobs or build safer homes. We believe this is the most effective, sustainable means of tackling poverty because these local leaders understand the unique challenges of their communities. Our role is simply to help refine and scale their solutions.Improving nutrition of vulnerable groups;
Malnutrition undermines economic growth and perpetuates poverty through direct losses from poor physical status, and indirect losses from poor cognitive functions. Ensuring that mothers and young children especially in the critical “window of opportunity” of the childhood years have support for adequate nutrition, assistance is needed to help food insecure households where income generation cannot. If not addressed, under-nutrition can permanently stunt mental and physical growth in the first years of a child’s life. It worsens health status and can lead to chronic illnesses. Vulnerable groups include pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and young children as well as people living with HIV/AIDS. That is why LifeCare Foundation is there to help poor communities by supporting the effective and low-cost solutions that offer the highest possible returns to development. These include:Production of nutritious foods stimulate adaptive and participatory research on high- value and bio-fortified food; support fortification in both production and processing (including through private sector engagement) enhance food availability, production and utilization through backyard vegetable and fruit production.