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Development of a Nutritionally Adequate and Culturally Appropriate Weaning Food in Kwara State, Nigeria: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Citation

Bentley, Margaret E.; Dickin, Katherine L.; Mebrahtu, Saba; Kayode, Bode; Oni, Gbolahan A.; Verzosa, Cecilia C.; Brown, Kenneth H.; & Idowu, Joseph R. (1991). Development of a Nutritionally Adequate and Culturally Appropriate Weaning Food in Kwara State, Nigeria: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Social Science & Medicine, 33(10), 1103-11.

Abstract

A nutrition education program was undertaken in Kwara State, Nigeria to improve infant feeding practices and nutritional status of weaning-aged children. A series of ethnographic, market survey, epidemiological, dietary, clinical, and communications research studies were implemented to develop a culturally acceptable, yet nutritionally adequate, weaning food. A premise of the project was that the development and introduction of any new weaning food should be based upon ingredients available in the community and to households, at a low cost and with minimum preparation time, and that would be culturally acceptable by mothers for feeding young children. Initially, research was conducted to define the problem in both nutritional and anthropological terms. Data was collected to describe: (1) present patterns of infant feeding and their determinants; and (2) dietary intake and nutritional status of infants in the intervention area. This paper focuses on the process of defining the problem and developing an intervention from an interdisciplinary perspective. The development of the new weaning food, Eko-Ilera, a fortified pap based on the traditional weaning food, is described.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0277-9536(91)90226-3

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science & Medicine

Author(s)

Bentley, Margaret E.
Dickin, Katherine L.
Mebrahtu, Saba
Kayode, Bode
Oni, Gbolahan A.
Verzosa, Cecilia C.
Brown, Kenneth H.
Idowu, Joseph R.

Year Published

1991

Volume Number

33

Issue Number

10

Pages

1103-11

Reference ID

1193