Eat more vegetables for your health

Eat more vegetables for your health

TANSHEP project has started a series of promotions to raise awareness on vegetable consumption among Tanzanian consumers for their healthy diet and nutrition improvement.

TANSHEP project has released a video clip on Clouds TV featuring Ms. Nancy Sumari, a renowned model and prominent social entrepreneur, to encourage Tanzanian citizens to consume more vegetables.

The project is the market-oriented horticulture initiative being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) and assisted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), covering the three regions of Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Tanga.

The project capacitates farmers to gain more income by encouraging them to look at market needs first.

It promotes market survey by farmers before starting production so that they could cultivate types of vegetables which are in demand, where and how much.

With the short movie, TANSHEP has started a series of promotions to raise awareness of vegetable consumption among Tanzanian consumers for their healthy diet and nutrition improvement.

In this regard, two of the TANSHEP Taskforce members, Ms. Tabu Likoko from the MoA and Mr. Issa Hatibu from Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS) in Tanga, were interviewed live on Clouds 360 program on 21st December 2021.

In the interview, they introduced TANSHEP activities to millions of Tanzanian audiences and highlighted the positive effects that vegetable intake would bring to their health.

In Tanzania, micronutrient deficiency and obesity have been persistent issues. The STEPS survey which de- scribe the current levels of risk factors for chronic diseases in the Tanzanian population conducted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and National Institute for Medical Research in collaboration with the World Health Organization WHO in 2013 reveals that only 2.8 per cent of the Tanzanian population are taking 400g or 5 servings of vegetables and/or fruits per day

as globally recommended by WHO.

Statistics (FAOSTAT) also show that vegetable consumption in Tanzania in 2013 is calculated to be 112g a day, which is only a quarter of the daily recommendation.

Sufficient intake of vegetables is not only beneficial in tuning up daily physical conditions, but also in improving immunity as well as to reducing risks of Non-Communicable Diseases.

The project believes that the consumers’ acknowledgment of the positive impact of vegetable intake and change in dietary behavior will lead to the growth of vegetable market in the long term, which would contribute to helping farmers sell more vegetables.

The project is honored to start the promotion in 2021, the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables declared by the United Nations. In collaboration with nutrition experts and influencers, TANSHEP will continue to demonstrate the benefits of vegetable consumption to Tanzanian citizens.

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Author: By DAILY NEWS Reporter

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