Improve access to, and availability of food:As part of its overall strategy for addressing food insecurity, Amalima promotes a shift from traditional maize cultivation to more drought-tolerant small grain crops, conservation agriculture practices, and livestock production. Amalima emphasizes practical demonstrations to encourage adoption of improved agriculture and livestock production practices for the arid and drought-prone agro-ecological zones in which the project works. In addition to training, Amalima engages vulnerable households and communities into productive value chains using household asset vouchers to purchase productive assets such as goats and inputs, and utilizes matching grants to help producer groups scale-up production. This includes business management and technical training to agrodealers to improve the availability of and access to quality agro and veterinary inputs to farmers.
Strengthen community resilience to shocks:Amalima partners with communities to improve livelihoods and build resilience by creating and/or strengthening disaster risk reduction (DRR) committees. The project supports community DRR plans with Cash for Assets activities that result in productive resources such as rehabilitated or new irrigation schemes, dip tanks, dams, and reclaimed land, and act as a strategy to get vital cash in the hands of vulnerable households. Amalima forms and supports village savings and lending (VS&L) groups to promote income generating activities and savings to build household resiliency. VS&L groups are trained to invest their savings in group enterprises such as poultry production, bee keeping, and sewing, which support livelihoods and increase savings.
Improve nutrition and health:Amalima improves the dietary diversity and micro-nutrient intake of pregnant and lactating women and children under two by distributing supplementary feeding rations of corn-soy blend (CSB+) and fortified vegetable oil, while simultaneously enhancing nutrition care practices with a combination of capacity building, mentoring, and community-based messaging delivered through care groups and community health clubs. Through these groups, Amalima also encourages improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices such as the promotion of water purification technologies, proper hand washing, rehabilitation of water points at primary health clinics, and creation and training of community health clubs.
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|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||130,000|