This blog is one of several published in real time during the live event “nutrition for growth; beating hunger through business and science”. The rest of the blogs can be found by clicking the links at the bottom of the page. Some of those organisations supporting this movement are include The IF campaign, The ONE campaign DFID.
Joyce Banda’s own story is quite incredible. If you aren’t familiar with it, here’s a link to her wiki
She is the 4th president of Malawi, and the first female president, but presides over a country with terrible problems of poverty and hunger. Malawi has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world.
From SOS http://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/
- 1 in 5 children in Malawi is malnourished. An under-five mortality rate of 110 per 1,000 is still far too high, despite improvements in recent years*. Up to a million children in Malawi are growing up without one or both parents, 650,000 of the total due to HIV/AIDS.
*by contrast, in England and Wales that figure is just 4 out of 1000, compared to almost 1 in ten babies dying in Malawi.
Joyce Banda wants to “skill up” the nation and improve their ability (especially in rural areas) to make both their ability to grow food and their ability to profit from it, and therefore grow it sustainably in a way that will keep people, fed, in work and healthy. They have already set to work in bringing the infant mortality rate down from the figures quoted above (2006), it is now closer to 80 – 1000.
Why the time to act is now: http://wp.me/p3scvU-lT
Mark Walport: http://wp.me/p3scvU-lR
Ireland remembers: http://wp.me/p3scvU-lN
It’s not difficult to make a difference: http://wp.me/p3scvU-lK
Some bloke called Dave http://wp.me/p3scvU-lr
Unicef’s 1000 Days http://wp.me/p3scvU-lm
Can science end starvation? http://wp.me/p3scvU-lg