Project profile — Southern African Nutrition Initiative - Phase II - COVID-19 Response

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Southern African Nutrition Initiative - Phase II - COVID-19 Response - Overview
CARE Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011116)
2021-03-30 - 2022-06-30
Country / region • Zambia (40.00%)
• Mozambique (40.00%)
• Malawi (20.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (25.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural inputs (31150) (25.00%)
• Agriculture
Food crop production (31161) (30.00%)
• Developmental Food Aid/Food Security Assistance
Food aid/food security programs (52010) (20.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to lessen the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on poor and marginalized communities in targeted areas of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. Aligned with national pandemic response plans, this project works to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, by improving nutrition and food security resilience among households and communities, and strengthening community-level sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response mechanisms. Project activities include: (1) 6,250 farm households in Zambia and in Mozambique are receiving training and support through Farmer Field Business Schools to improve farming practices and marketing skills, leading to increased food security and strengthened livelihoods; (2) 200 households in Mozambique at greatest risk of severe malnutrition are receiving a cash transfer package so that they can purchase essential food; (3) 620 Village Savings and Loans Associations in Malawi and Zambia are being strengthened and expanded to support women’s income generating activities; (4) Community Health Workers are being supported to conduct nutritional status detection, monitoring and treatment to reduce the incidence of malnutrition among women of reproductive age and children under 5YOA; (5) linkages between health care workers and community health workers are being strengthened to improve the delivery of survivor-centred support and referral to services; (6) training and awareness on issues related to gender inequality, SRHR and positive masculinities are being conducted with community health workers, local faith and opinion leaders, young people, and parents. This phase of CARE Canada's COVID-19 response expects to directly benefit 61,900 women, girls, men, and boys in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. This project also expects to indirectly benefit an additional 286,550 women, men, girls and boys.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved ability of communities and individuals affected by COVID-19, especially those experiencing marginalization and/or vulnerability, to address their nutrition and food security needs; and, (2) increased capacity of communities to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022, include : (1) provided 110,135 people (of whom are 66,637 women and 43,498 men) in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia with information to strengthen community level efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence; (2) distributed 6,310 packs of mixed vegetable seeds to farmers (of whom are 4,342 women and 1,968 men) in Malawi to kick-start agricultural production; (3) distributed 3,797 plastic tubes for farmers (of whom are 2,549 women and 1,248 men) to protect their fruit tree seedlings; (4) distributed food baskets to 6,018 highly vulnerable people (of whom are 3,602 women and 2,416 men) at risk of malnutrition in Mozambique; and (5) distributed nutritious vegetable seeds and other inputs (organic pesticides and sprayers) to 2,208 Zambian farmers (of whom are 1,297 women and 911 men) to support household nutrition and agricultural enterprise.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
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