Project Everest

Agriculture, Health

Hidden Hunger (Nutrition Advice) - Malawi


Smart Computing Framework to mitigate Nutritional Deficiencies
Vision: End Stunted Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Stunted Growth- More than 26% of preschool children in Kenya, 33 % in South Africa, 37 % in Nigeria and 40% in Malawi are stunted, in other words short for their age. This condition represents a chronic form of undernourishment in early life and leads to irrecoverable physical and mental development.

Mothers in Malawi culture are entrusted as the provider and manager of a household’s food. Malawi is one of the least developed and most impoverished countries on earth. Mothers here experience a high level of pressure and anxiety in trying to meet household demands of securing a sufficient amount of food, understandably resulting in a lack of prioritisation of a healthy nutritional diet. In the Nancholi district, mothers speak about their desperation in knowing that their diets don’t provide them with enough nutrients despite their best efforts.
Further, mothers discuss the sacrifices they faced due to these circumstances. For example, one mother spoke of the conflict she faced in deciding if it would be best for her to eat their limited supply of nutritious food or if it would be best to ensure her children have a nutritious diet and exclude herself, risking her ability to care.

Over-exertion in trying to acquire enough money or farm enough crops is a pain point that mothers struggle with. There is a sense of guilt or personal dissatisfaction if, despite working additional jobs or spending longer hours farming, their desired amount of nutritional food was still lacking.

Mothers feel a lack of broad or direct support from institutions and other stakeholders that operate in the nutritional space. While motivated to make changes to improve nutrition for the sake of their families and themselves, they described that there are simply no avenues they could take..

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Proposed Experiment

Lean Phase: Solution Assumption: Having clear and concise photographs to accompany different fruit and vegetable recommendations will make the food survey, and app in general, easier to understand. Time Box: July Weeks 2-3 Success Metric: Percentage of positive reaction to accompanying photos CRITERIA Green Light- Assumption is confirmed. Photographs can be used in application to help in identifying which foods are what. Success point- 60% of the customers surveyed had a positive...

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Project Summary

The February team is the third group to work on the Hidden Hunger project since its conception in December 2018. December and January were able to effectively establish a customer segment and their problem statements. The February team have since been able to move into completing currency testing with Rural Malawian Mothers and start various utility tests in order to discover if the USTAWI application fits the Malawian context. All three summer teams have also worked on establishing and...

by Samantha Orum
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Key Partners

Introduction The Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS (DON) was established in 2004 to recognise problems faced by the people of Malawi associated with nutrition and widespread diseases. One of their main tools they utilise is their nutrition information system which is a data management tool inclusive of all districts to provide near real time information on nutrition interventions to stunting reduction. The main goal of this is to provide aid on a widespread scale. The Hidden Hunger...

by Alex Agostinelli
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Work Update

  Introduction The report that has been created for Western Sydney University (WSU), and written by the Hidden Hunger team. It contains the results of the customer segment and business development experiments that were conducted during the summer. WSU supplied Project Everest with an nutrition application; with which our customers conduct a survey of what they have eaten in the past 24 hours, then the Hidden Hunger team uses the results to generate a nutrition report. The update report...

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