According to photographer Scott Clark, his brother’s work in combating malnutrition and stunted growth in children in the African nation of Malawi has great value in producing data that could be used to combat hunger everywhere. The project, which focuses on using common beans and cowpeas as a way of reducing enteric dysfunction, has been funded by a grant from USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative. Using these common food sources, researchers are working with children six months to five years old to stop malnutrition. Clark will use photography to document the research and bring attention to this critical work.
According to researchers, Environmental Enteric Dysfunction or EED is an inflammatory disease of the small intestine. It causes stunted growth and makes children more vulnerable to diseases. In Malawi, more than 75 percent of children in rural areas are suffering from the disease.
Workers have found success in combating EED by using roasted and milled legume flours, which are a good source of protein and soluble fiber. The study will focus on 600 children for 15 months and will collect 25,000 samples for study and analysis.
The Kickstarter campaign, which is located at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/805431477/common-beans-and-cowpeas, will raise money to pay for transportation and photography to document the entire research study. Pledge levels of $5 to $800 are available, with rewards ranging from a personalized thank you on social media to a complete album of photos from the project.
For more information on the specific prizes associated with each pledge level, see the Kickstarter page.
About Scott Clark:
Scott Clark is a photographer whose brother is closely involved in helping the people of Malawi, Africa, battle malnutrition and hunger. He has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a project in which he will photographically document his brother’s research into the use of common beans and cowpeas to battle environmental enteric dysfunction in Malawi’s children.
Company Name: Scott Clark Photo Inc.
Contact Person: Scott Clark
City: Los Angeles
Country: United States