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The impact of a combined horticultural and peer-led nutrition education intervention on usual food use among rural Kenyan women / Mireyne MacMillan.

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Robertson Library LE3.P8H66 2018 mac 37348007299654 SPEC-ARCH In process -
Subject: Kenya > Social conditions.
Food security > Kenya.
Special education > Nutrition.
Food crops > Kenya.

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  • ISBN: 37348007299654
  • Physical Description: vii, 103 leaves: illustrations ; 28 cm
  • Publisher: Charlottetown, P.E.I. University of Prince Edward Island, 2018

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General Note: "A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Honours Program in the Department of Applied Human Sciences" -- t.p.
Dissertation Note: Honours thesis. B.Sc.. University of Prince Edward Island, 2018.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 71-85).
Abstract: "Food insecurity, which is an issue of impaired access to and insufficient quantities of food, affects one-third of Kenyan households and is associated with monotonous starch based diets. A multi-sector approach, linking agriculture interventions with nutrition education, have been shown to be effective in reducing food insecurity and improving dietary intakes but few evaluations of such interventions have been conducted in Kenya. This project assessed the impact of a combined horticultural and peer-led nutrition education intervention on usual food use among rural Kenyan women. A pre-post quasi-experimental design was used with an intervention group, a women’s self-help group, receiving the combined intervention and a comparison group receiving no intervention. The main outcome, usual food use, was assessed via a food frequency questionnaire during in home interviews. A higher proportion of women in the intervention group consumed orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) on a weekly basis (p=0.04), relative to the comparison group. In the intervention group, there were few differences in food use prior to and following the combined intervention or between those with the full horticultural intervention (rainwater tanks, drip irrigation) relative to those with the partial intervention. The results of this study suggest that the combined horticulture and peer led nutrition education intervention positively affected the women’s consumption of a pro-vitamin A rich food (OFSP) that was a key focus of both the components of the intervention. Results will be used to design future interventions designed to improve diet quality and food insecurity among Kenyan women." -- p. ii.

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