Every year six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday (source:World Health Organization). It has been reported that 60% of all deaths of children <5 years of age in Uganda are directly or indirectly attributable to malnutrition (Source: World Food Programe of the UN). According to the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition, “Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to disease in the world.”
The Power of a Mango
A single mango cannot end malnutrition; however preserving (canning) mangos that would normally waste and allowing them to be consumed year round for the first time in history of this district in East Africa, is a great start to breaking the cycle of malnutrition.
A single indigenious mango tree will produce over 500 fruit and drop these nutritous fruit over a few weeks time. The Mango Project trains local Ugandan individuals how to preserve mangos for distribution to local communities during the 10 months out of the year when mangos and other fruit are not available.