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Ritu Chepang, 3; Sumitra Chepang, 35; Promisa Chepang, 10 months old;
04 November 2021
Shanti Nepal photo/Shanti Chepang
Sumitra Chepang feeds a spoonful of super porridge to her 10-month-old daughter Promisa in their home in the village of Syammaidada, Nepal, while her other daughter, Ritu Chepang, watches.
Food insecurity is a major issue in Nepal, especially the rural areas, where nearly 40 percent of kids under five have stunted growth due to malnutrition.
Through MCC’s account at Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Chepang was given a supply of pre-made super flour.
She now makes her own, a blend combination of corn, wheat and soybean, to her six children's diet.
“I used to make simple rice flour to feed my young children,” says Chepang. “I was not aware about eating a balanced diet, but now I learned about eating three food groups in a meal. I also learned to make super flour, kitchen gardening and healthy behaviours.”
The goal of the Integrated Community Nutrition and Food Security Project (ICNFSP) is to improve maternal and child nutrition in Gajuri and Benighat-Rorang Rural Municipalities, Dhading Distrct, Nepal. This phase of the ICNFSP will build upon the successes of the previous two phases while expanding coverage across Chepang, Dalit and other marginalized communities. The target population is women of reproductive age, children under age 5, and households with food sufficiency of less than 6 months per year. The project aims to improve and sustain food security and nutrition through increased local food production among households with low food sufficiency; improved health, hygiene and nutrition behaviors; and access to savings, loans and income-generating opportunities. Shanti Nepal will strategically work to achieve and sustain these objectives by advocating for, mobilizing and building the capacity of community-based groups. Over three years, the project will reach approximately 40% of the vulnerable population in the area, directly impacting 27,576 people (13,412 males; 14,164 females).