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History of 'Rural nutrition interventions with indigenous plant foods – a case study of vitamin A deficiency in Malawi'

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Author(s): Babu SC
Published in: Biotechnololgy, Agronomy, Society and Environment.   Jun 26, 2000
4 3 169–179
http://www.bib.fsagx.ac.be/library/base/text/v4n3/169.pdf

The author presents a model for efforts to improve nutrition for people in malnourished areas through use of highly nutritious indigenous plants. The problem of vitamin A deficiency in Malawi is used as an example. The leaves of Moringa oliefera, which are very high in vitamin A, are suggested as a possible solution. The author then outlines a model for identifying a nutritional problem, determining a potential local plant to solve the problem, determining its acceptability by local people, and implementing an educational “nutrition intervention” program.


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