Happy Arnold

Country representing

Malawi

Languages

Chichewa
English

Education

  • University of Malawi-Chancellor College
  • Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies ( Majority Public Relations)

Current organisation

Youth in Agriculture for Economic Development (YAED)

Current role

Executive Director

Skills and Expertise

Community management
Food security
Journalism
Project management
Public relations

Areas of interest

Business
Education
Environment
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

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.