Would Teff be the best flour to send to Somalia to help aid their people? Teff is one of the best grains to send to Somalia to help aid them because it is high in nutrients like Protein, Fat , and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals which are essential to life. Protein is essential for muscle growth and fat for energy. Teff grain could easily be grow in Somalia because of its high tolerance levels for drought, floods, and heat. This could provide Somalia with a steady source of flour, grain, and hay for live stock. All of which could help massively.
Nutrients in Teff Component Amount %Daily value Calories 101 Protein 3.87g 8% Fat .65g 1% Fiber 2.2g 9% Sodium 8mg 0% Per 100 grams The daily value is based on the 2000 calorie per day diet Sourced from http://www.traditional-foods.com/profiles/teff/
Why is Teff better to send? Teff flour is better to send as aid because it can be used as grain or as flour. Teff can be grow in Somalia and can also be double cropped producing grain and hay for animals giving Somalia a good grain supply and meat supply.
Why not send another grain or flour? Other grains can be sent over there but they may not grow due to the high heat and droughts. Other grains might have to be enriched with nutrients before they are sent in as aid but that would cost more money to enrich them Other grains might have to have pesticides and herbacides sprayed on them but not Teff due to its high growth rate it out competes other plants and has very little parasites that eat it.
Teff Facts Teff has been domesticated in Ethiopia since about 1000 B.C Only one pound of Teff seed can be grown in to one ton of grain in just twelve weeks. Teff is mixed with other ingredients to produce a pancake like patty. Teff is the smallest grain in the world about 1000 grains can weigh 0.3-0.4 grams
Conclusion Teff flour would be the best flour to send to help aid Somalia because of its high nutritional value, Its ability to be grown in Somalia (which would be cheaper and more effective than having to keep sending aid to Somalia), As well as its many uses like hay cereal and a good flour.
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