WASHINGTON (April 17, 2013) — CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, stopped by the Towero site of Africare’s Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP) in Morogoro, Tanzania during its CARE Learning Tour, on which a group of high-level U.S. government officials, corporate partners and the media visited different projects in Africa tackling food and nutrition security. Members of the delegation learned that Mwanzo Bora, which means, “good start,” teaches families farming techniques and provides nutrition advice to support the government of Tanzania’s goal to reduce childhood stunting and maternal anemia by 20% over a five-year period.
The group toured a demonstration plot filled with a wide variety of nutrient-rich vegetables. Beneficiaries replicate these plots at their homes to support a healthy diet, diversify their meals, and increase sustainable food availability. One mother hosted the group in her home garden where she explained how she changed her mostly starch and oil based diet to one full of fresh produce picked straight from her plot. She also introduced the delegates to her healthy two-month-old child who is exclusively fed a diet of breast milk as taught by MBNP trained health workers.
Africare began implementing MBNP in late 2011 with funding from the United States Agency for International Development, Feed the Future and the Global Health Initiative to focus on improving the lives of women during pregnancy and children from conception to 24 months by directly supporting the implementation of the Government of Tanzania’s National Nutrition Strategy and its Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plan.
In the 2012 budget year, Africare trained 669 members of district nutrition multi-sectoral teams, district health workers, community leaders and community health workers, and project interventions resulted in 96,557 children receiving nutrition services.
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