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Integrating Nutrition Education in
Agriculture Extension Services in
Kenya
By Dr. Teresa Tumwet, Head/Home Economics
Minis...
Presentation outline
• Introduction
• Importance of Integrating Nutrition Education
• Nutrition Education Initiatives
• Op...
Introduction
• Agricultural extension agents organize farmers for crop,
livestock and fish production
• Address marketing ...
Cont’d
• Nutrition Education will therefore ensure proper utilization
of the foods for nutrient retention and bioavailabil...
Cont’d
• About 2 billion people Worldwide have multiple deficiencies
of vitamin A, Iron, Iodine or Zinc which are mainly a...
Importance of Integrating
Nutrition Education
• The importance of consuming high micronutrient rich foods
cannot be over-e...
Cont’d
• Studies have shown that a stunted child will not reach their
potential in life and will most likely give birth to...
Nutrition Education Initiatives
• Development and implementation of the National Food &
Nutrition Security Policy and Impl...
Cont’d Initiatives
• Integrating Nutrition Education in Formal school curricula
• Implementing Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) ...
Opportunities for integrating
Nutrition Education
• Use of ICT, Media
• Formal education curricula
• Including Nutrition i...
Gaps/Challenges
• Capacity building of Counties to upscale and harmonize the
nutrition programmes
• Implementation of a Na...
Improve nutrition status: Invest in
Nutrition education
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"Integrating Nutrition Education in Agriculture Extension Services in Kenya By Dr. Teresa Tumwet, Head/Home Economics Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries "

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The International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition was jointly held by FAO and WHO in December 2016 to explore policies and programme options for shaping the food systems in ways that deliver foods for a healthy diet, focusing on concrete country experiences and challenges. This Symposium waas the first large-scale contribution under the UN Decade of Action for Nutrition 2016-2025. This presentation was part of Parallel session 2.2: Information and education for healthy food behaviours"

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"Integrating Nutrition Education in Agriculture Extension Services in Kenya By Dr. Teresa Tumwet, Head/Home Economics Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries "

  1. 1. Integrating Nutrition Education in Agriculture Extension Services in Kenya By Dr. Teresa Tumwet, Head/Home Economics Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
  2. 2. Presentation outline • Introduction • Importance of Integrating Nutrition Education • Nutrition Education Initiatives • Opportunities for integrating Nutrition Education • Gaps/Challenges
  3. 3. Introduction • Agricultural extension agents organize farmers for crop, livestock and fish production • Address marketing issues, environmental deterioration, non farm rural employment, HIV/AIDS , malnutrition, processing and partner with other service providers. • Create an enabling environment for sustainable development and management of resources to ensure the country is food and nutrition secure.
  4. 4. Cont’d • Nutrition Education will therefore ensure proper utilization of the foods for nutrient retention and bioavailabilty • This leads to improved nutritional status at household level, translates to community and National levels • Integrating nutrition education to extension services leads to improved productivity and contributes to poverty reduction strategies and economic development.
  5. 5. Cont’d • About 2 billion people Worldwide have multiple deficiencies of vitamin A, Iron, Iodine or Zinc which are mainly available in fruits and vegetables easily grown in home gardens • Micronutrient intake is a factor of availability, accessibility and sustainability • Also proper processing, preparation, utilization, preservation and storage
  6. 6. Importance of Integrating Nutrition Education • The importance of consuming high micronutrient rich foods cannot be over-emphasized • It is clear that inadequate nutritional knowledge will make people consume less diverse foods (<5 food groups), and, • Use of improper preparation methods that will compromise on nutritional value of the food leading to malnutrition
  7. 7. Cont’d • Studies have shown that a stunted child will not reach their potential in life and will most likely give birth to another stunted child! • This becomes a vicious cycle of low intellectual ability, low productivity, reduced economic growth and poverty • This can only be broken through consumption of micronutrient rich foods; fruits and vegetables
  8. 8. Nutrition Education Initiatives • Development and implementation of the National Food & Nutrition Security Policy and Implementation framework • Integrating Nutrition Education in all Food Security Projects and Programmes • Adopting various approaches; e-extension; Farmers Field Schools; Group; Individual farmer; use of ICT; Public/Private Partnership • Development of comprehensive TOT manual
  9. 9. Cont’d Initiatives • Integrating Nutrition Education in Formal school curricula • Implementing Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) AND Comprehensive Accelerated Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) initiatives • Reviewing the Kenya Food Composition Tables • Strengthening collaboration with relevant stakeholders
  10. 10. Opportunities for integrating Nutrition Education • Use of ICT, Media • Formal education curricula • Including Nutrition indicators in routine data collection activities • Creating awareness at every available forum
  11. 11. Gaps/Challenges • Capacity building of Counties to upscale and harmonize the nutrition programmes • Implementation of a National food and Nutrition security programme to scale up lessons learnt • Upscaling the food processing and preservation initiatives to commercialization level • Low funding levels
  12. 12. Improve nutrition status: Invest in Nutrition education

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