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University of South Africa (2016)

Attitude towards the cultivation and utilisation of indigenous leafy vegetables in rural communities

Mungofa, Nyarai

Titre : Attitude towards the cultivation and utilisation of indigenous leafy vegetables in rural communities

Auteur : Mungofa, Nyarai

Université de soutenance : University of South Africa

Grade : Master of Consumer Science 2016

Résumé
Food insecurity remains a major challenge affecting the rural poor households in South Africa. The consumption of green leafy vegetables is important to address micronutrients deficiency in rural communities and, at the same time, it contributes to fibre intake. This study investigated the people’s attitude towards the cultivation and utilisation of ILVs in rural communities. A cross-section survey study was conducted among 1 000 respondents in randomly selected households in communities. The majority of respondents were not willingly consuming ILVs. This is because most consumers were black and of the low-income group. ILVs that are consumed grow mainly in the wild. The regular consumption of these vegetables as indicated in this study is interesting, as this will help in mitigating micronutrient deficiency. Furthermore, these vegetables could be incorporated in formulated food to improve iron and zinc, especially in infant foods formulation. Based on the findings of this study it would be important to find ways of encouraging cultivation of ILVs for both nutrition and as income generating activities.

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