So what does a termite hill have to do with nutrition? It's rather simple actually. In places like Uganda the termite hills are larger because there is more rain and the termites have an easier time digging into the ground. In places like Malawi the conditions are very dry - red dust blowing in your face during the dry season dry - and the termites have a harder time getting deep into the soil to make their grand castles that pop up all over the African landscape. So it makes sense that dryer soil conditions mean less productive land and lower crop production. Add climate change to the equation and you get a nasty situation.
Today I visited a cooperative feeding program where mothers brought what food they could offer from their gardens and shared it amongst their neighbours so a more balanced menu could be provided for their children. Some women provided peas, others, rice, corn flour, pumpkin, soy beans, pumpkin leaves, amongst other farmed goods, depending on the season. The malnourished children were weighed periodically during the 12 week program and great results were always found. The women learned better feeding practices and they felt confident in their child's progress.
A good thing you must admit. A simple solution to a very difficult problem. All organized by the women themselves to help those who they love the most: their children.
My journey as an author, giving voice to those who can't - or won't - speak.