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Preferences and consumption of pigeon peas among rural households as determinants for developing diversified products for sustainable health

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dc.contributor.author Majili, Z. S.
dc.contributor.author Nyaruhucha, C.
dc.contributor.author Kulwa, K.
dc.contributor.author Mutabazi, K.
dc.contributor.author Rybak, C.
dc.contributor.author Sieber, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-01T11:13:08Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-01T11:13:08Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/3381
dc.description Article of sustainability 2020, en_US
dc.description.abstract Pigeon peas are legumes with a high nutritional value. Existing studies of pigeon peas in Tanzania mainly examine production and marketing, but little has been documented with respect to consumer preferences and the consumption of pigeon peas. This study assesses the preferences surrounding pigeon peas and their consumption as bases for the development of diversified and shelf-stable products for nutrition and income improvement. This study comprised 303 randomly selected farming households. Furthermore, 60 farmers participated in six focus group discussions in the Lindi region. A structured questionnaire and a checklist with guided questions were provided for data collection. The analysis uses SPSS (V.21), with di erences between groups established using Kruskal–Wallis and Mann–Whitney tests. The associations were tested using Spearman’s at p < 0.05. The mean pigeon peas consumption during the harvesting and lean seasons was 80 g/person/day and 18 g/person/day, respectively. The frequency of consumption was higher during the harvesting season (92%) than the lean (29%) season. The majority of farmers (91%) preferred to consume the local variety, with 84% of them consuming pigeon peas as stew. Five pigeon pea recipes exist in the area. The farmers identified availability, taste, source of income, and familiarity as the factors determining pigeon pea consumption and preferences. With limited recipes and other barriers limiting consumption, the creation of innovative ideas for the development of diversified and shelf-stable products fitting their consumption preferences is needed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sustainability en_US
dc.subject Pigeon peas en_US
dc.subject Legumes en_US
dc.subject Preference en_US
dc.subject Consumption en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Preferences and consumption of pigeon peas among rural households as determinants for developing diversified products for sustainable health en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability en_US


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