U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz together with several U.S Congresswomen were in Malawi recently. Rep. Schultz visited one of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future agriculture and nutrition activities in Nasala Village, Lilongwe. This activity, Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains, helps smallholder farmers increase productivity and earn higher incomes from agriculture. At the same time, it promotes consumption of highly nutritious soy, groundnuts, and other locally available nutrient-rich foods by mothers and young children, and helps prevent under-nutrition. The Congresswoman met community-based Care Group volunteers in Nasala to learn about how Feed the Future is encouraging backyard vegetable gardens and fuel-efficient stoves, growth monitoring and promotion for young children, training on household preparation of nutritious meals, promotion of breastfeeding, and education about the importance of dietary diversity, hygiene, and sanitation. She also sat with the women to discuss their challenges and the changes they have seen in their community since the Feed the Future activity began.
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