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Millennium Development Goals > Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger > Literacy booklet encourages improved nutrition

Meeting Millennium Development Goals
through local languages

Goal 1. Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
SIL views local language development as essential to achieve this goal.

Income improvement and hunger relief within ethnolinguistic communities is achieved when life-changing information is communicated in a language that people understand well. Higher literacy rates often result in higher per capita incomes.

Literacy booklet encourages improved nutrition

Language-based development is more than literacy—people learn how to grow better crops, such as soybeans, and how to improve their diets. Language-based development is more than literacy—people learn how to grow better crops, such as soybeans, and how to improve their diets.

Azanga, the local literacy supervisor for the North Ngbandi language group of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was encouraged to see that his years of hard work brought far reaching benefits. Kamba, chief of the Monzomboli village, became the first in his community to attend adult literacy classes in his mother tongue.

After Chief Kamba read in one of the literacy primers that soybeans are rich in protein, he encouraged everyone in his village to plant them. He later learned from another booklet about the components of a proper diet, and again encouraged his community to eat from each food group daily so they could improve their health through nutrition.