Strengthening Citizen Participation for Food and Nutrition Security, Mzimba district

Members of a community in Mzimba district

Committee members from a community in Mzimba District

As of today, Malawi remains one of the poorest countries in the world. In Mzimba district where Ungweru works, around 61% of households live under the national poverty line. In 2011 every second child under five was ‘moderately stunted’ and almost a third ‘moderately underweight’.

In 2014 The CIFA Trust was introduced to the Malawian NGO Ungweru. Meaning ‘light’ in chitumbuka (a language from the north of Malawi), Ungweru is a local grassroots Malawian-registered NGO which works alongside marginalised communities to improve the quality of life for vulnerable groups in northern Malawi.

In February 2014, our relationship with Ungweru took a major step up when we were awarded a two-year grant from the Scottish Government in order to carry out a project working with Ungweru and a number of local partners. The project will strengthen the ability of vulnerable smallholder farming communities to become food and nutrition secure throughout the year by providing support in productive agriculture and training to equip them with the means to petition for their rights to appropriate agricultural services.

You can find out more about the project – Strengthening Citizen Participation for Food and Nutrition Security – from the Malawi programme summary sheet.