Diversifying diets and food systems for
better nutrition and health
Beatrice Ekesa
Malnutrition
Food-related causes of malnutrition
Poor diet intake Disease-related causes
IMPROVE
DIET
QUALITY
QualityQuant...
Our research:
agricultural biodiversity and dietary quality
Focus areas Approach
• Whole-of-diet
approach
• People or
comm...
(1)
Genetic
diversity
(2)
Selection &
cultivation
(3)
Harvest
(4)
Value addition
(5)
Marketing
(6)
Final use
Biodiversity’...
Bananas in Eastern Africa
 More than 1000 banana varieties in the world
 Important crop for the livelihoods of millions
...
 Bioversity International maintains the largest banana germplasm
collection in the world
 More than 400 banana varieties...
 Building local capacity
 Community-driven approaches and
solutions
 Access to an established network
of local actors
D...
Our target population groups
BioversityInternational/S.Collins
Research partners
• National Agriculture
Research Centres
(NARO, KARI, ARI-MARUKU,
IRAZ, ISABU)
• Universities (Makerere,
...
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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
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. 1. Diversifying diets and food systems for better nutrition and health Beatrice Ekesa
    2. 2. Malnutrition Food-related causes of malnutrition Poor diet intake Disease-related causes IMPROVE DIET QUALITY QualityQuantity Low diet diversity
    3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 7.  Building local capacity  Community-driven approaches and solutions  Access to an established network of local actors Development pathways
    8. 8. Our target population groups BioversityInternational/S.Collins
    9. 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

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