Improving household food security and economic status of vulnerable households in Mangochi District
With support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a multi-sectoral quality improvement (QI) team of extension workers and community members in Mangochi District, Malawi targeted a total of 587 vulnerable households to be linked to household economic strengthening activities. The QI team mobilized various stakeholders in Mpeya area to work together to reach vulnerable families in the catchment area with various services to improve their wellbeing. The CBO targeted 21 villages in four Group Village Heads in the district. In March 2014, Mpeya QI team conducted assessments on 25% of registered vulnerable children in selected communities. They identified food insecurity among vulnerable households as their priority problem. The QI team conducted root cause analyses on food insecurity among vulnerable households and discovered numerous root causes to the challenges. The QI team tested a number of possible solutions to improve household food security and diversity. Over the years, the QI team has recorded improvements in families being able to use modern methods of farming from 0% (April-June 2015) to 64% (July-September 2017) Similarly, vulnerable families involved in livestock production went from 13% (April-June 2015) to 64% (July-September 2017). The Mpeya team also recorded outstanding improvements (8% to 76%) in improving the number of vulnerable beneficiaries establishing kitchen gardens to help vulnerable beneficiaries diversify their diets.