In a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO), only two thirds of the world’s population consume the daily recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, which is a minimum of 400g. Between 2008 and 2018, worldwide production of fruit and vegetables doubled, including in East African countries.
According to the World Health Organizations (WHO), sub-Saharan African countries are only consuming one third of the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables. The WHO reports that 3.9 million deaths worldwide are caused by not eating enough vegetables and fruit.
The United Nations have announced that 2021 is the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables in order to promote more awareness of the health benefits of a healthy and varied diet.