The combination of cereals and legumes along with livestock production improved both the quantity and quality of the food supply for Chepang families, resulting in improved nutritional status among women and children, the most vulnerable groups within the community. The Chepang also saw improvement in the Household Dietary Diversity Index, an indicator of the quality of diet of households. Finally, the Lab also contributed to increasing family income in the community from selling agricultural...
One of 390 African women scientists to win a fellowship from African Women in Agricultural Research and Development, a program supported by Feed the Future and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Mamiro is helping advance food security in Tanzania by focusing her research and field work on a nutritious and high-value crop traditionally harvested by women.
The event was developed in the community of San Pedro Lomas, a small town in Honduras’ Department of Intibucá, where health volunteers have helped reduce the number of malnourished children. In Honduras, undernutrition is a significant concern; more than 40 percent of children under the age of five are estimated to suffer from stunting.
Margaret Mataa, who lives in Meru County, struggled with high blood pressure for many years. But after attending agri-nutrition training sessions, Mataa replaced all the flowers in her small farm with nutritious vegetables like amaranth, spinach, kale and pumpkin.
The best part of SESACO’s success is that the company’s diverse range of fortified products – such as soy-peanut-sesame spread, a soy-millet porridge mix, and soy-wheat snacks – are now widely available in Uganda and helping combat undernutrition.
Uganda is not only experiencing undernutrition challenges, but also an increased prevalence of obesity at all stages of the life cycle, especially school-aged children in urban and peri-urban areas. Numerous studies conducted in Uganda have used Body Mass Index (BMI), a ratio of weight to height to assess body fat composition.