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The Farm Income Diversification Programme (FIDP) Phase II financed by the 10th European Development Fund for a total of EUR 23m is a unique and concerted effort by the Government of Malawi and the European Union to improve the livelihoods and nutritional status of rural households in Malawi through increased and diversified agricultural production, and better market access.
Under the FIDP II umbrella, Oxfam Great Britain has teamed up with Catholic Health Commission to implement a Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) project in the central region FIDP districts of Dowa, Nkhotakota, Salima and Lilongwe. Yesterday saw the launch of the EURO 1.5 Million European Union (EU) funded project titled 'Enhancing the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), district level staff and communities in the SUN initiative in Malawi' at Katelera Primary School ground in Salima district, Traditional Authority (TA) Kambwiri area. The launch was honoured and officially opened by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Honourable Aggrey Masi.
Members of Salima District Nutrition Coordination Committee displayed nutrition messages and samples of locally prepared food at the ground to flavour the occasion. Various choirs and drama groups also spread messages on nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers and under five children which the SUN project will be acting on.
The project aims to reach out to 24 villages spread across 8 Traditional Authorities in the four districts mentioned above. The project will contribute to the improvement of nutritional status down to household level and strengthen the capacity of the respective communities and district level staff. The project will also heighten the understanding and the management capacity of government, district level structures and CSOs on household nutrition issues in addition to other nutritional issues related to agriculture.