Container gardening to combat micronutrients deficiencies in mothers and young children during dry/lean season in northern Ghana

Clement Kubreziga Kubuga*, Andrew Dillon, Won Song

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Abstract

Food insecurity is prevalent in northern Ghana, where dry season stretches for 7–8 months (Oct-May) a year and the majority of inhabitants are subsistence farmers. We aimed to address inadequate dietary sources of iron and iodine in the dry/lean season by mother-child dyads by developing unconventional food production systems. Women group with 6–24-month-old children (n = 58) in two communities farmed 40 wooden containers for growing indigenous iron-rich (19.30 mg/100 g) Hibiscus sabdariffa for consumption and 15 containers for cash crop cabbage. Hibiscus sabdariffa produced from two harvest cycles/dry season and cash crops were adequate for three weekly community meals that improved iron and iodine status of the participating mother-child dyads. Future research is needed to expand the project to involve all households in the communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)850-863
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2019

Keywords

  • Container garden
  • dry/lean season
  • food security
  • iron
  • micronutrients
  • northern Ghana
  • women and children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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