Happy Arnold

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Happy Arnold

Studies:
University of Malawi-Chancellor College

I am passionate about

Growing up in neighborhood of mixed economic classes, extreme poverty and retard food and nutrition
security, I always had a heart of helping friends who I felt were not as privileged as me and change the
setup of Malawi community especially the rural areas.
In 2015, I Founded a Non Profit making organisation called Youth in Agriculture for Economic
Development (YAED) to advocate and create an empowered and informed youth and women to
meaningfully contribute to social economic development and nutrition and food security.
Through the organisation I started championing a change for the lives of rural communities through
agricultural innovative projects. Through my studies that targets and looks at the welfare of the
community people and standing out as the mouth piece, I have extremely dedicated my time to change the
lives of Malawi people.

Through YAED, i embarked on the journey of changing the lives and welfare of the community
mass through agriculture. My focus has always been on a motto of changing the world environment where
poverty should no longer determine the cause of death among people especially children and women.
In 2015 October, YEAD launched a project “Improve Nutrition Status of Women and Children”
through Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato, Soybean and Groundnuts. I grew up with a strong passion to be a
change maker and be a part of the world changing community and contribute to changing my country. I
then piloted a project in soybean production through youth and women agricultural scheme. In interested
of increasing output and target beneficiaries, during the 2016-2017 growing swason, the organization
partnered with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA. The project target almost 2000
beneficieris. http://www.malawistar.com/2016/12/10/iita-partners-with-malawi-youth-in…

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Hunger and malnutrition are common in Malawi. The challenges are compounded by a changing climate
that hampers agricultural production, in turn aggravating health and socioeconomic problems. About 14%
of children under 5 are underweight while 16% of them are stunted (UNICEF, 2007), but the prevalence
of malnutrition in Malawi is much higher. It is estimated that 36% of children under five are underweight,
37% are stunted and 7% are wasted, with relatively equal proportions of males and females in all three
categories (MDHS, 2005). Malnutrition is also more prevalent amongst the poor and in rural areas. This is
caused by lack of vitamin A in the human body and low consumption of nutritious foods such as Orange
Fresh Sweet Potato.
Unfortunately, even if Malawian mothers have a good understanding of healthy infant feeding practices
they cannot be able to implement them because of other constraints, for instance poverty which sometimes
forces mothers to seek additional income away from home, and availability of foods in the community as
Malawi’s agriculture is mainly centered on cash crops such as tobacco, tea and cotton. Malnutrition
negatively effects brain development causing delays in motor and cognitive development, such as
attention deficit disorder, impaired school performance, memory deficiency learning disabilities, reduced
social skills, reduced language development Reduced problem-solving abilitiesabilities
The organisation has ensured that there clean planting material is used at all times. The project to
“improve nutrition status of women and children” aims to improve vitamin A and energy intake for at
rural households for women and young children using OFSP, Soybean based approaches, and to ensure
that a households growing the crops and sale the surplus.

There is dairy consumption of nutritious food in households and youth are economically empowered through agribusiness.