But that’s only a part of Malawi’s story. In recent years, Malawi has made major strides in reducing child mortality (down 80% since 1990) and the prevalence of HIV. Malawi is nicknamed “the warm heart of Africa” and it’s full of incredibly resilient communities working together to improve life for everyone. And it’s paying off.
At CTI, we’re equipping communities with tools that will help them produce more peanuts—one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. And we’re partnering with farmer co-ops and researchers in Malawi so families have nutritious, high-yielding seed varieties. Together, and with the support of our donors, we are helping communities boost their yields and diversify their diets so families are healthier and kids can look forward to brighter futures.
5 Things You Should Know about Child Nutrition in Malawi
1) 23% percent of all child mortality cases in Malawi are associated with undernutrition
2) Today, 1.4 million or almost half of the children in Malawi are stunted
3) 66% of the adult population engaged in manual activities were stunted as children, representing an annual loss of US$ 67 million
4) Of all school year repetitions, 18 percent are associated with stunting
5) The total annual costs associated with child undernutrition are estimated at US$ 597 million, equivalent to 10.3% of GDP