Mutambara Et Al


Mutambara et al

Journal of  Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 3 (7), pp.
579-584, July 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 



Manuscript Number: 062013681


Impacts of Nutritional Gardens on Health of Communal
Households; A Case Study of Nyanga North District


*Jackqeline Mutambara, Tapiwa Satambara and

James Masvongo


University of Zimbabwe, Faculty of Agriculture,
Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Box
MP 167, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe.


*Corresponding Author’s Email:


jmuzenda @

Telephone: 00263772482561


The premise of this study was to evaluate the contributions
of nutritional gardening on household nutritional status.
This was considered important in providing a feedback to
promoters and users of nutritional gardens. This study used
secondary baseline data and primary data on nutritional
status before and after adoption of gardening from a sample
of 40 households. A comparative study design using a t-test
was then effected to compare the nutritional status before
and after practicing garderning. The study revealed that
there was a statistically significant difference on the
nutritional status of households before and after adoption
of nutritional gardens. On average, the weight-for-age for
children under five years of age was higher (90%) after
nutritional gardens than before 73%, prevalence of illnesses
was lower (21%) after nutritional gardens than before (71%),
chronically ill adults were higher (30%) before than after
(27%) and malnutrition in children was lower (5%) after than
before (13%). Promoters and users of nutritional gardening
such as government, non governmental organizations, private
sector and farmers were encouraged to promote the concept in
order to improve households nutritional status.
Keywords: Evaluate, feedback, comparative, weight,
age, illness, malnutrition, chronically.

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