Mutambara Et Al

Mutambara et al



Greener
Journal of  Agricultural Sciences


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


 ISSN: 2276-7770 



Research

Paper

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:


jmutambara @agric.uz.ac.zw/



jmuzenda @ yahoo.co.uk


Telephone: 00263772482561

Abstract:

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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