By Brian Wasili
Adolescent Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (ANSA) project has distributed bicycles and assorted sporting materials valued at K35 million to its partners in Mwanza aimed at promoting activities of the project in the district.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) at Chiwembu community ground on Saturday, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for ANSA project, Bosco Kasitomu said the 94 bicycles distributed were aimed at addressing mobility challenges faced by field workers who used to travel long distances to impart different skills to youth groups under the project.
“The sporting materials such as balls, boots, jerseys and trophies among other items will also promote sporting activities among the youth as such they will be healthy to effectively carry out activities of the project,” he said.
Kasitomu observed that when the youth engage in sporting activities they will be prevented from indulging into promiscuous behavior that could lead to contracting HIV and AIDS.
He said the main objective of the project which is targeting the youth between the age of 10 and 19 is to increase production and consumption of foods with necessary nutrients such as vitamin A among the young people and also access to livelihood among beneficiary households.
Kasitomu said at present, the project is on three-year pilot phase in Mwanza and Ntchisi with a possibility of rolling out to rest of the districts upon success in the two districts.
At least 6, 000 adolescents in the two districts are expected to benefit from the project.
Mwanza District Council Chairperson, Kaisi Chimbalanga hailed FUM for introducing the project in the district, noting that it woukld go a long way in promoting production of nutritious food in the district.
“As duty bearers, we will monitor the beneficiaries to ensure that they are using the items received for the intended purpose,” he said.
Beneficiaries of the bicycles were drawn from the departments of agriculture, education, health, social welfare, community development and community nutrition promoters.
ANSA project is implemented by Farmers Union of Malawi with Funding from the Japanese Social Development Fund through the World Bank but coordinated by District Nutrition Coordinating Committee.