6. Rice, lentil – and tomatoes!
Yesterday rice and lentils, today rice and lentils, and tomorrow rice and lentils – and vegetables! In the poor region of Far West Nepal, Finland’s water programme is helping to diversify people’s diets. When there is more water available, it can also be used for growing vegetables. About 33 000 families have established vegetable plots over a period of ten years. In areas with a more abundant water supply, people have built greenhouses, which mainly produce tomatoes, both during and outside the season.
As part of the vegetable growing, young women and mothers in particular are provided with information about the health impacts of a balanced diet and told how to prepare nutritious meals – with the help of the well-known food plate model. The information received from health clinics are encouraging: anaemia and malnutrition among children seem to be on the decrease.
Photo: Jukka Ilomäki, graphics: Juho Hiilivirta