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Diversifying diets and food systems for better nutrition and health

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A presentation by Beatrice Ekesa on her research in Uganda and Tanzania on nutritional quality of bananas, given in celebration of Bioversity International's 40th Anniversary on 26/06/2014 …

A presentation by Beatrice Ekesa on her research in Uganda and Tanzania on nutritional quality of bananas, given in celebration of Bioversity International's 40th Anniversary on 26/06/2014
Find out more about this type of research:
http://www.bioversityinternational.org/research-portfolio/diet-diversity/
http://www.bioversityinternational.org/40/

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  • 1. Diversifying diets and food systems for better nutrition and health Beatrice Ekesa
  • 2. Malnutrition Food-related causes of malnutrition Poor diet intake Disease-related causes IMPROVE DIET QUALITY QualityQuantity Low diet diversity
  • 3. Our research: agricultural biodiversity and dietary quality Focus areas Approach • Whole-of-diet approach • People or community centred • Landscape focus Nutrient-dense diets Household dietary diversity Sustainable diets Nutrition-sensitive value chains BioversityInternational/S.CollinsBioversityInternational/C.ZanzanainiBioversityInternational/C.Zanzanaini
  • 4. (1) Genetic diversity (2) Selection & cultivation (3) Harvest (4) Value addition (5) Marketing (6) Final use Biodiversity’s contribution on the value chain Better nutrition outcomes and livelihoods Banana and plantain Minor millets African leafy vegetables
  • 5. Bananas in Eastern Africa  More than 1000 banana varieties in the world  Important crop for the livelihoods of millions of rural poor people in Eastern Africa  Food security crop  Consumption in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi is about 3-11 bananas/day/person  Affordable banana-dish for any social- economic group BioversityInternational/C.ZanzanainiBioversityInternational/A.VezinaBioversityInternational/B.Sthapit
  • 6.  Bioversity International maintains the largest banana germplasm collection in the world  More than 400 banana varieties screened for nutrients  12 varieties (≈100% of daily vitamin A needs of children in 100g) selected for evaluation in Eastern Africa  Agronomic performance evaluated in different agroecological regions  Acceptability test (organoleptic) with 50% men and 50% women  Banana-based dishes evaluated for nutrient content and amount available for absorption  Plantlets are being multiplied for dissemination Our nutrition work in banana-based farming systems BioversityInternational/I.VandenBergh
  • 7.  Building local capacity  Community-driven approaches and solutions  Access to an established network of local actors Development pathways
  • 8. Our target population groups BioversityInternational/S.Collins
  • 9. Research partners • National Agriculture Research Centres (NARO, KARI, ARI-MARUKU, IRAZ, ISABU) • Universities (Makerere, Sokoine, Kenyatta, UCG, JKUAT, KUL) • Research agencies (CIRAD) • Other CGIAR centres (CIP, CIAT, IFPRI) Example of partners in Eastern Africa Development partners • International Development agencies (World Vision, Concern Worldwide) • Ministries (health, agriculture, education) • Local NGOs & community-based organizations • Community change agents Funding partners • CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health • CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas • Harvest Plus • Austrian Development Agency • GIZ/Germany