Feed Her Future is a campaign dedicated to building public awareness about the importance of giving women and girls access to proper nutrition, through the lens and learning of CARE’s Southern African Nutrition Initiative (SANI). SANI is a $24.6 million CAD project funded by the Government of Canada and CARE. It is being implemented with the following project partners.
CARE Canada is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE works with the poorest communities in 94 countries to: improve basic health and education; enhance rural livelihoods and food security; increase access to clean water and sanitation; expand economic opportunity; help vulnerable people adapt to climate change; and provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty. Programmatically, CARE focuses on reducing the impact of malnutrition in women, infants and children -- recognizing food security, agriculture systems, climate change resilience, livelihoods, health, care practices, and gender equality as key factors to ensure positive nutritional status. For example, CARE is leading the Southern African Nutrition Initiative (SANI), which is designed to give women, families, and health providers the tools they need to end malnutrition in women and children. SANI is funded by the Government of Canada, and is being implemented with the following project partners.
Learn more: www.care.ca
Cuso International contributes to the SANI project through the recruitment, training and deployment of skilled volunteers for deployments of between six months and one year. Specifically, Cuso will lead on output 1314 Volunteer nutrition and technical experts deployed, providing technical assistance in areas including (but not limited to): monitoring and evaluation, nutrition, finance, governance and policy, program management, and health. CUSO International will facilitate the participation of volunteers at the agreed project locations through comprehensive logistical and administrative support. Cuso supports the SANI project through its headquarters in Ottawa and its regional office in Addis Ababa.
Learn more: www.cusointernational.org
The Interagency Coalition for AIDS and Development (ICAD) leads the twinning program between Canadian and Southern African AIDS Service Organizations to support nutrition programming for HIV infected and affected pregnant and lactating mothers, WRA and children U5 in the intervention areas. ICAD twinning initiative within SANI will build the capacity of civil society organizations in Canada, Malawi and Zambia to address the intersections between gender, nutrition, food security and HIV within a sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) framework. The SANI program is led by a Senior Program Officer and supported by the ICAD Executive Director.
Learn more: www.icad-cisd.com
McGill University’s Institute for Global Food Security works on fostering interdisciplinary research on food security at a local, national and international level. Their collaboration with governmental and non-governmental agencies throughout the world aims to assist policy makers and practitioners with the knowledge gained by colleagues and students in academia. Evidence-based public policy and programs against food insecurity have shown to be a powerful tool to achieve the goal of decreasing the number of food insecure people. McGill University will guide the development of a monitoring plan, tools and capacity building for implementation of monitoring systems along with the development of operational research and support for knowledge management. Specifically, under this Partnership, McGill will:
- Guide the project evaluation including design, methods, tools, data analysis
- Support the development of a project monitoring system
- Provide ongoing data analysis for project learning and quality improvement
Learn more: www.mcgill.ca/globalfoodsecurity/
Additional Implementing Partners
Wherever possible CARE International works through local (sub-national) civil society and government partners. In Malawi and Mozambique CARE is working through civil society organizations. In Zambia, CARE has been working in partnership with the Government of Zambia through the National Food and Nutrition Commission and the provincial, district and ward level nutrition infrastructure and presented in the Stakeholder- Government section.
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CARE International in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia
The CARE Country Offices have primary responsibility for implementation of the project in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia through their headquarters and field offices. CARE country offices liaise with relevant Government authorities and ensures project activities remain in line with government strategies and priorities, coordinates project activities with Provincial and District authorities and supports them in the delivery of the interventions, provides technical support and training to project partners and community groups. The CARE country offices are responsible for developing annual work-plans, for compiling reports and for monitoring the budget and the progress of the program, monitor the risks associated with the delivery of the program and their impact(s) on project activities and maintain ongoing communications channel with CARE Canada on all issues related to the program.
Civil Society Nutrition Alliance (CSONA) – Malawi
The Civil Society Organisations Nutrition Alliance (CSONA) is a coalition of 106 local and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and local CSOs working to ensure sustained improvements in nutrition in Malawi, and provide support to government’s effort in scaling-up nutrition. CSONA is affiliated with the Global Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement which Malawi officially launched in 2011. Under the SANI Project, CSONA will contribute towards popularizing the importance of nutrition as well as nutrition policies at the district and community levels; strengthen the capacity of DNCCs and CSO nutrition platforms to have the knowledge to track nutrition budgets in the districts and coordinate local CSOs at the district level. At the national level CSONA will facilitate nutrition advocacy by ensuring that requisite nutrition policies, strategies, and legal frameworks are passed and implemented that meet the requirements and demands of the Malawian people for adequate nutrition and food security as a human right.
Christian Council of Mozambique and MAHLAHLE - Mozambique
Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM) and Mahlalhle are the implementing partners in Homoine and Funhalouro respectively. Their key roles and responsibilities are to ensure coordination in project implementation by integrating all project components and implementing partners at the district level; ensure project implementation in districts; participate actively in planning SANI activities; and, ensure coordination meetings with other actors (government, leaders, community, etc.).
National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) - Zambia
NFNC is a Nutrition-focused body that is line managed by the Ministry of Health in Zambia and has been mandate through the NFNC Act of 1967 to coordinate nutrition programme implementation, provide technical advice and food and nutrition training to various sectors. The National Food and Nutrition policy framework further gives powers to NFNC to coordinate and play an advisory role to all partners implementing nutritional activities. SANI will work with NFNC to scale the SUN strategy to Mpika and Shiwang’andu and will closely work with NFNC in the implementation of project activities.
Parent and Child Health Initiative Trust (PACHI) – Malawi
PACHI is a local Malawian Non Governmental Organization/non profit, incorporated in the trust act on 20th August 2009, which works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and various stakeholders working in the area of maternal and child health on improving maternal and child health through sustainable, innovative and evidence – based programs and interventions, capacity building and research. In SANI PACHI is responsible for implementing the program in Ntchisi in TAs Kalumo and Kasakula.
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District Administration - Zambia
The Offices of the District Administration of Mpika and Shiwang’andu are supervised by the District Commissioner and are charged with the responsibility of coordinating all government departments and programmes in their respective district, including agriculture, WASH, Nutrition and women’s empowerment. The District Administration Officer will be the chair for the DNCCs supported by SANI, and will play a key role in coordinating government departments and CSOs working in Agriculture, WASH, Nutrition and Women empowerment.
District Nutrition Coordinating Committees (DNCC) - Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia
The DNCC is responsible for leading the nutrition activities within the district and developing the terms of reference, membership, frequency of meetings and the roles and responsibilities of implementing sectors. District NCCs will be involved in planning and monitoring project activities and outcomes, providing supportive supervision, and participation in evaluations and results dissemination workshops.
Ministry of Health (MoH) - Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia
The MoH plays an important role in effecting improvements in nutrition since most nutrition programs are implemented directly by the Ministry or through it. These include primary health care activities such as immunizations, growth monitoring and promotion (GMP), micronutrient supplementation, breast feeding and complementary and supplementary feeding. SANI will work with MoH to provide these services as close to the people as possible in line with the MoH’s vision of bringing health services as close to the people as possible. This will be done through training of community based volunteers in GMP and Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Education.
Provincial Nutrition Coordinating Committees (PNCC) - Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia
PNCCs operate at the provincial level to ensure effective multi-sectoral coordination and linkages, provide leadership and establish a strategic and programmatic framework for planning, coordination and implementation of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions in all provincial implementing sectors. Their involvement in the SANI project will consist of launching activities, validation workshops, monitoring visits, project evaluation results-sharing workshops and dissemination.
The Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS - Malawi
The Department was established in the year 2004 to spearhead the greater realization of the Government’s Leadership and commitment in the fight against Nutrition disorders, HIV and AIDS. The overall mandate is to provide visionary guidance and strategic direction for the implementation of the national response to nutrition disorders, HIV and AIDS in the country. The vision of the Department is for Malawians to have adequate nutrition and reduced prevalence of HIV by 2015 by providing policy direction, guidance, oversight and coordination of nutrition, HIV and AIDS in Malawi.
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CAP Network - Canada
Founded in 2003, the Canada Africa Partnership Network facilitates partnerships between concerned Canadians and African Community-Based-Organisations (CBOs), providing capacity building and resources to support locally developed, community-driven projects. CAP Network targets support in five key impact areas: Advancing Education, Empowering the Grassroots, Investing in Livelihoods, Mobilizing with Bikes and Promoting Health. Partners are selected based on their work with and leadership representation of vulnerable groups including women and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Child Participation Inclusive Education Mpika (CPIEM) - Zambia
CPIEM is a community-based organization, based in Mpika, which provides knowledge and life skills to Orphaned ND Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and their households, through capacity building on economic strengthening and poverty reduction. CPIEM operates in ten catchment areas within Mpika district with over 1500 clients, of which, 1000 have graduated into self-sustenance, completed school and able to take care of their family members.
Chikanjebela Women’s Club (CWC) - Zambia
CWC operates in Chimpundu and Kalebe Wards in Shiwangandu Districts. Registered in 2013, Chikanjebela’s aims and objectives are to reduce poverty and uplift the living standards of the people; create employment among women and the youth through farming activities; provide care and support to people living with HIV / AIDS. CWC provides free community based training and information to young adults and women in economic independence through sustainable agriculture while providing care, education / information and nutritional support to HIV infected patients and affected families.
Coalition for the Empowerment of Women and Girls (CEWAG) - Malawi
CEWAG has a head office in Lilongwe works with women and girls to ensure they are able to enjoy their rights and participate fully in public affairs. It promotes the interest of women and girls through empowerment to enable them to positively contribute towards the development of their communities and for the betterment of their lives. CEWAG conducts capacity building interventions targeting women groups, government institutions as the providers of services, non-state actors as intermediaries and advocacy partners and the community as the beneficiaries of services.
Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA) - Malawi
COWLHA is a civil society organisation conceived in 2006 to create a united voice of women and girls living with HIV and AIDS through support groups and works in the following areas: HIV and AIDS, gender and women's and girls' rights, nutrition and livelihood, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and research and advocacy. COWLHA has a head office in Lilongwe.
National Association for People living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi (NAPHAM) - Malawi
NAPHAM is a membership organization of people living with HIV, with a head office in Lilongwe. It works directly with people who are infected and directly affected by HIV and AIDS. Its activities are implemented by the members themselves organized in support groups at community level.
Passion for Women and Children (PAWOC) - Malawi
PAWOC is a community-based organization working in T/A Dzoole and Mponela in Dowa District implementing various SRHR activities targeting women and girls, including those with disabilities, PAWOC works with support groups of people living with HIV/AIDS and of parents of children living with HIV/AIDS.
Positive Living Niagara - Canada
Positive Living Niagara is an AIDS Service organization offering services that include, community development, education and support in the area of HIV, HCV and STBBI awareness and prevention. The agency provides harm reduction supplies and support across the Niagara Region. Positive Living Niagara has a strong community development and education team in place with a tremendous wealth of experience. It works with a wide range of community partners, sharing expertise and knowledge in prevention of infections and reducing stigma as well as supporting those with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Program for Vulnerable Children and Women (PVCW) - Zambia
PVCW is a community-based organization, based in Mpika, which provides care and support to orphans; implements HIV education and prevention; undertakes reproductive health interventions among rural women and female youth; provides nutrition education amongst women in various rural localities of Mpika district; and provides economic empowerment of vulnerable women through gardening and irrigation agriculture.
The Teresa Group - Canada
The Teresa Group is Canada’s oldest community-based charitable organization specifically serving children affected by HIV and AIDS and their families. Since 1990 The Teresa Group has evolved from providing support to a handful of children and families to an organization with a dedicated team of professional staff providing a broad range of compassionate frontline services to hundreds of local children and families affected by HIV and AIDS. The Teresa Group is a founding member and fiscal agent for the global Coalition on Children Affected by AIDS.