Definition characters description and diffusion
A small area of land where vegetables are grown.
General characters description and diffusion
Local leafy vegetables have long been an important part of people's diets in Africa - nutritious, affordable and adapted to local growing conditions and cultural traditions. They are cheap, readily affordable and rich in different micro-nutrients and are therefore crucial for the food and nutrition security of poor families in rural, peri-urban and urban areas. However, they became neglected by consumers because of their association with poor rural lifestyles and low-status foods, thus putting at stake the dietary diversity, nutrition and health of local populations. Research on, promotion and consumption of local vegetables has been going on in Kenya for many years.
Advantages and sustainability
Increasing the presence of local vegetables in local food chains (in production, transformation, transport, commercialization and consumption) can tackle nutrition-related health issues, improve sustainable diets and contribute to the economic empowerment of women. The increase of local vegetables in food chains supplying cities, ensuring for example their availability in supermarkets, is key to improve urban diets.