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Title:Mobilizing a drought-prone community to improve nutrition: the African Medical and Research Foundation's work in Kibwezi, Kenya
Authors:Bwibo, Nimrod O.
Biteyi, R.
Kilobia, S.
Periodical:Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:popular participation
food policy
Abstract:This paper examines the work of AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation) in Kibwezi (Kenya) as an illustration of a multisectoral approach to improving nutrition and the endeavours of an NGO to empower and support communities to develop the capacity to look after their health. In order to address the basic causes of malnutrition in Kibwezi, the Applied Nutrition Programme (ANP) was initiated and implemented in 1986. Community involvement was a guiding principle in implementing activities to reduce malnutrition. The communities participated in all stages of programme development, viz. problem identification, problem assessment, resource mobilization, planning and implementation. Community mobilization and nutrition education were planned to instil good nutrition practices. Actions were initiated to assess, monitor and survey the nutrition situation, and malnourished children were rehabilitated. To improve household food security, community members were educated about food production, and income-generating activities were promoted, particularly those that could reduce women's workload. The implementation of ANP activities in Kibwezi has already produced tangible results, which are recognizable in the areas of growth monitoring, community empowerment and changes in infant feeding and food production practices. Bibliogr., sum. in French and Spanish.