This is an invited data analysis of food consumption for women and children in two provinces of Zambia. The analysis is to provide the Ministry of Health information on the nutritional status of low income populations using dietary and biochemical data. There is a focus on iron and vitamin A deficiencies and inflammatory responses to current infections.
The global food crisis is having an important impact on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially among those living in areas of marginal agricultural production. This program focuses on Solar Market Garden (SMG), which is a multisectoral, integrated approach to achieving food security in vulnerable populations. The goal of the program is to design, implement, monitor and evaluate the adoption of a SMG program to enhance the nutritional status of infants and young children and their mothers through the use of solar powered drip irrigation (PVDI) systems.