Protecting and Improving Food and Nutrition Security of Orphans and HIV/AIDS Affected Children (Phase I: Lesotho and Malawi) - GCP /RAF/388/GER. The project serves as start-up phase of a multi-sectoral programme to promote an inter-country, inter-agency and multi-donor response to the emerging crisis affecting children in HIV/AIDS-affected countries. The lessons learned from this project in terms of feasibility, replicability, and coverage will be widely disseminated and used to advocate for broader action and resource mobilisation at all levels. The project will strengthen the capacity of families, communities, community-based organisations and relevant institutions at local, district and national level to be more effective in protecting and improving livelihoods, food and nutrition security and education of orphans and HIV/AIDS-affected children, their families and their communities in both the near and long-term. Models and methods for taking multi-sectoral action for supporting HIV/AIDS affected preschool and school-aged children, both of infected individuals as well as of their family and community, will be demonstrated and made available to relevant stakeholders. Additional resources for the expansion of such activities to other districts in a second phase will be actively sought.