The power of the peanut
Elyse Musandji, president of a community nutrition group in the town of Masi Manimba, Democratic Republic of Congo, teaches members of a neighbouring community how to produce milk from peanuts. Peanuts are a locally grown product which are typically roasted and sold as a roadside snack. But they can be turned into a nutritous milk - which children love - by soaking them in water, grinding them in a mortar and filtering the paste.
Acute malnutrition is a major public health problem across the Democratic Republic of Congo. UK aid has supported the government of DRC and aid agencies including Action Against Hunger to provide emergency nutrition response programmes across DRC in 2010 and 2011.
In some areas, the communities have taken the ideas that Action Against Hunger brought to them, and organised themselves to tackle malnutrition from the ground up - by forming their own co-operative farms and self-support groups.
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