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Diversity in local food production combats obesity in the Caribbean


Date: 10/03/2015


In the Caribbean region, obesity as a result of growing consumption of imported processed foods is becoming a growing health problem. In response, the Farm to Fork project – a multi-sector, integrated approach to food and nutrition security– together with smallholder farmers in St Kitts-Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago, and in Guyana and St Lucia – has developed year-round production systems of fruit and vegetables in order to supply the national school feeding programmes, as a step towards improving children’s nutrition and dietary diversity. (IDRC, 13/05/2015)

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