Guinea : Agriculture can play a key role in boosting nutrition (AfricaFiles / IRIN)

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Guinea: Nutrition finds a place in agriculture plan

Summary & Comment: Agriculture can play a key role in boosting nutrition by increasing the income of a family so that they can then purchase more and higher quality food, as well as by helping farmers produce more nutrient-rich food. Both ways, the health of the community are improved. That is why officials in Guinea are embedding a nutrition component into their agricultural investment strategy. Agriculture is not only about production, it’s about health. CJW

Author: IRIN
Date Written: 7 July 2011
Primary Category: Food and Land
Document Origin: IRIN
Secondary Category: Western Region
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Key Words: food security, nutrition, development


The quality of a baby’s first solid food and teaching families about proper nutrition and hygiene are now part of Guinea’s agricultural investment strategy. Experts working on the 2011-2015 agriculture plan, to be finalized in the coming weeks, say the first-ever nutrition component stems from an increasing recognition that agriculture must be harnessed to improve nutrition and health. “There is a realization that agriculture is not production alone,” said Kaba Camara of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. “We need to ensure people are educated about proper feeding habits and monitor people’s nutritional status.”


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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