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Mothers’ beliefs about indigenous and traditional food affordability, availability and taste are significant predictors of indigenous and traditional food consumption among mothers and young children in rural Kenya

  • Constance Awuor Gewa (a1), Agatha Christine Onyango (a2), Frederick Obondo Angano (a3), Bonnie Stabile (a4), Maction Komwa (a5), Phil Thomas (a4) and Jenna Krall (a6)...

Abstract

Objective:

To examine mothers’ and young children’s consumption of indigenous and traditional foods (ITF), assess mothers’ perception of factors that influence ITF consumption, and examine the relationship between perceived factors and ITF consumption.

Design:

Longitudinal study design across two agricultural seasons. Seven-day FFQ utilized to assess dietary intake. Mothers interviewed to assess their beliefs about amounts of ITF that they or their young children consumed and on factors that influence ITF consumption levels.

Setting:

Seme sub-County, Kenya.

Participants:

Mothers with young children.

Results:

Less than 60 % of mothers and children consumed ITF at time of assessment. Over 50 % of the mothers reported that their ITF consumption amounts and those of their children were below levels that mothers would have liked for themselves or for their young children. High cost, non-availability and poor taste were top three reasons for low ITF consumption levels. Mothers who identified high cost or non-availability as a reason for low levels of ITF consumption had significantly lower odds of consuming all ITF except amaranth leaves. Mothers who identified poor taste had significantly lower odds of consuming all ITF except green grams and groundnuts. Similar relationships were noted for young children’s ITF consumption levels.

Conclusions:

A majority of the mothers reported that they and their children did not consume as much ITF as the mothers would have liked. Further studies should examine strategies to improve availability and affordability of ITF, as well as develop recipes that are acceptable to mothers and children.

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Corresponding author

*Corresponding author: Email cgewa@gmu.edu

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Mothers’ beliefs about indigenous and traditional food affordability, availability and taste are significant predictors of indigenous and traditional food consumption among mothers and young children in rural Kenya

  • Constance Awuor Gewa (a1), Agatha Christine Onyango (a2), Frederick Obondo Angano (a3), Bonnie Stabile (a4), Maction Komwa (a5), Phil Thomas (a4) and Jenna Krall (a6)...

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