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Nutrition project benefits 7,000 poor households

Kidapawan City – At least 7,000 needy households in the three poorest towns in North Cotabato and Lanao del Sur benefited from a project that aims to reduce hunger and malnutrition.

According to the ACF International, a global non-government organization (NGO), some 2,000 poor households from the towns of President Roxas and Arakan in North Cotabato, and Kapatagan in Lanao del Sur have availed of food security and livelihood programs.

Data from the ACF International also showed that at least 2,000 families from the areas benefited from water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) project, and some 3,000 pupils participated in several school-based activities related to WASH interventions.

These areas registered the highest number of severe and acute malnutrition cases.

Since 2010, the ACF International implemented the project dubbed “Support for the Socioeconomic Development of Communities within the Spanish Development Cooperation’s Action Zones in the Philippines.”

For four years, the ACF International, according to Country Director Javad Amoozegar, has invested in life-saving interventions using “an integrated approach” to reduce poverty incidence in rural communities in the region.

Amoozegar said the project has provided access to safe water sanitation facilities, and ensured food security, livelihood, and good nutrition.

Also in treating malnutrition, the project has integrated disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, care for environment, and gender and cultural sensitivity.

Amoozegar stressed that coordinated actions of the local government units, partner agencies, and other stakeholders can end hunger and malnutrition – two of the most prevalent causes of poverty.

He also recognized that there are political and economic causes that are related to poverty.