MAMAH is a women-based community based organization that envisions a world of healthy and productive communities that are in charge of their food and nutritional needs.
MAMAH’s mission is to improve food and nutrition security among communities through promoting the production and consumption of a wider variety of foods, increasing nutritional knowledge and improving food preparation & preservation methods that enhance diet choices.
The Goal of MAMAH is to reduce infant & maternal mortality, and gender-based poverty.
- To enhance food knowledge; production, preservation, storage, & preparation among the local population.
- To increase local capacity to address food insecurity & hunger through engaging community groups and local leadership structures.
- To develop a system that ensures special interest groups in the target population; mothers (especially pregnant & lactating mothers); U5 children & People Living with HIV/AIDS have sustainable access to adequate, safe & nutritious food all year round.
- To increase productivity and the production of a wider variety of nutritious foods among small holder farmers.
- To support women groups with IGAs that improve household incomes.
Strategies and Approaches
MAMAH uses innovative strategies and approaches that encourage people and communities to make simple and inexpensive changes to their food production, management and consumption that individually & collectively result in sustainable food & nutrition security. MAMAH uses a community-based approach, primarily targeting vulnerable individuals, family units, villages, women groups and schools for interventions. The idea is that mothers (& the children) who’re more vulnerable and at the centre of this suffering are also the best agents for their own liberation. Partnerships are encouraged with local and national structures and other actors to improve the health of individuals and communities.
- Collect, re-package & disseminate indigenous and modern knowledge on conservational farming.
- Form & empower community food security clubs to spear head the achievement of food security in their villages.
- Establish community food/grain banks to serve as accessible sources of food for the vulnerable groups in case of emergencies.
- Educate the community about the nutritional content of local produce and train them on a variety of healthy recipes.
- Advocacy with local authorities on favorable legislation & resource allocation towards food & nutritional security.
- Create multi-sector partnerships and networks that work toward community food security.
- Establish school gardens at community schools, encourage integration into school program and linkages with community farming needs.
- Use culture to stop malnutrition and hunger. Support women, children & local communities use music, drama, storytelling, African sayings & proverbs as well as make artistic presentations that symbolize food & human wellbeing.
- Establish partnerships that support Income Generating Activities for women groups