Soya for the sick
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CTA. 2003. Soya for the sick. Rural Radio Resource Pack 03/02. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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Mercy Chavula of the Orphan and Home Based Care Committee in Kuntaja traditional authority, Blantyre, Malawi, explains the benefits of growing soya, a highly nutritious crop which is having a major impact on the health of children and the sick in her comm
Cue: In Malawi, Non Governmental Organisations are partners with government in making efforts to uplift the livelihoods of the communities. In this age of the HIV pandemic, government resources are barely enough to go round all those who need them most in the health sector. It is for this reason that the Adventist Development and Relief Agency-ADRA- has come up with an innovative idea of introducing the growing of soya beans in some communities. The crop can be used as a cash crop and it is also a very rich legume in protein which is transforming the lives of malnourished children as well as the sick including those whose ailments are associated with HIV/AIDS. Let us join Patrick Mphaka as he visits one such community in Traditional Authority Kuntaja in Blantyre District. IN: ?I am walking along ?? OUT: ??I am Patrick Mphaka. (Song continues and fades out)? DUR?N 3?15? BACK ANNOUNCEMENT: And Patrick was reporting on a project being run by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency - ADRA. Transcript Mphaka I am walking along a narrow path leading to a communal field which is 70 to 100 metres from the last house in the boundary of the village. From here I can see a group of people most of them leaning forward, perhaps an indication that they are picking the soya beans. And I am almost there now and I can see a well tended piece of land. It seems they also grew maize on this land because there are some left-over husks all around me. (Song) The women and few men around here have broken into singing, praising the development taking place around here, one of them being the introduction of soya beans which they are mentioning in their song, which they are claiming is improving the nutrition status of their malnourished children and home based patients. Chavula My name is Mercy Chavula. I am the chairperson for the Orphan and Home Based Care Committee in our village. Today we came here to harvest our soya beans from the community garden. Mphaka I am wondering, is it very beneficial to grow Soya beans here? Chavula Initially we had no idea that the crop is this nutritious. We used to know that there is soya and we used to see it. But when this ADRA project started, they opened our eyes to the great potential of soya. We now extract milk from soya; can make cakes using its flour, and can also apply the flour into any other relish to make it more nutritious. We use soya to feed the under-nourished orphans and the sick. But of course, everybody else eats as well. There is a noticeable improvement in the health of children who used to be under-nourished, and the sick gain some appetite with soya beans. Mphaka What is the future of soya beans with the phasing out of the ADRA project next year? Chavula We are not very worried. I think we have been empowered enough to continue. We know how to prepare it nutritiously for food, and above all, we know how to grow it. We feel that very soon, we shall be growing it in larger quantities for sale as well. We have been made to understand that the price at the market is higher than other crops. Mphaka (Song) As the harvesting of soya beans continues with prospects of increased acreage in future, so does the singing. A sign of celebration and satisfaction with the way the health of the community is being improved. From Blantyre, Malawi, I am Patrick Mphaka.(Song continues and fades out). End of track.