Human Ecology | VOL. 20

Food availability and nutrition in a seasonal perspective: A study from the Rukwa region in Tanzania

Publication Date Mar 1, 1992


Most of the studies on seasonality in food supply and nutritional status have been carried out in areas characterized by extreme climatic conditions. This study was conducted in an area where the climate is favorable for grain cultivation. However, a large part of the population was found to face seasonal variations in food availability, most critically three to four months before the main harvest. Women lost about 3 percent of their weight in this period compared to the post harvest period. The nutritional status of preschool children declined in the lower socioeconomic group. These changes also coincided with a period of hard agricultural work, especially for women. The paper deals with factors affecting the duration of the maize stocks as well as strategies used when maize stocks are exhausted.


Nutritional Status Of Preschool Children Seasonality In Food Supply Variations In Food Availability Rukwa Region Maize Stocks Extreme Climatic Conditions Seasonal Perspective Food Availability Lower Socioeconomic Group Food Supply

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