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)
  • Diploma in Journalism

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

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-soybean-production

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.