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Status and scope of kitchen gardening of green leafy vegetables in rural Tanzania: implications for nutrition interventions

Show simple item record Rybak, C. Mbwana, H. A. Bonatti, M. Sieber, S. Müller, K. 2021-01-29T12:04:50Z 2021-01-29T12:04:50Z 2018
dc.description Journal of Food Security (2018) 10:1437–1447 en_US
dc.description.abstract Kitchen gardens in Tanzania are currently facing a variety of threats. However, many households depend on basic farming activities to meet household food needs. The objective of this study was to describe the current status and scope of kitchen gardening for improving the food security situation in the Morogoro and Dodoma regions of Tanzania. A cluster sampling method was used to select 383 households. The main respondents were mothers or caregivers responsible for food preparation. Techniques for data collection were observations, focus group discussions and face to face interviews. A small proportion (2.6%) of residents in the semi-arid Dodoma region had a kitchen garden as compared to the sub-humid Morogoro region (9.9%). Sweet potato leaves, cassava leaves, pumpkin leaves, cowpea leaves and African egg plant were the principal vegetables grown in the two areas. The market provided vegetables to 87% of the surveyed households. Vegetables sold at the market were mostly in the dried form, fresh vegetables in the market being those cultivated near ponds, especially during dry seasons. About 90% and 55% of the kitchen garden produce was used for home consumption in Dodoma and Morogoro, respectively.Women contributed 80% and 75%of the total labor for managing kitchen gardens in Dodoma and Morogoro, respectively. Socio-cultural factors (food habit and demand and supply of food materials), environmental factors (climatic factors, water availability), types of soils and farmers’ local knowledge and understanding (traditional knowledge and practices, formal and non-formal education) were the key determinants of vegetables grown in the traditional kitchen garden. Kitchen gardening was practised by few of the surveyed households and the diversity of the planted vegetables was low. Factors that influenced the presence of a kitchen gardens at household level were: sex of the household head (p = 0.002), literacy status of the mother/caregiver (p = 0.001) and the education level (p = 0.001) of the respondent. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Springer Nature B.V. en_US
dc.subject Kitchen gardening en_US
dc.subject Vegetables en_US
dc.subject Climate change adaptation en_US
dc.subject Coping strategies en_US
dc.subject Agricultural innovations en_US
dc.title Status and scope of kitchen gardening of green leafy vegetables in rural Tanzania: implications for nutrition interventions en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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