Low fruit, vegetable intake in sub-Saharan Africa triggers alarm

  •  Written by Pauline Kairu
  • Published on 12th March 2021
Women come back from the fields to sell vegetables at a market in Bangui, Central African Republic. Expenditure for fruit and vegetables for countries in sub-Saharan Africa accounts for between three and 13 percent of the total household budget. PHOTO | AFP
 
  • 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. 
  • Read the Full Story at https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/low-fruit-and-vegetable-intake-3320744
   

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