THE JCTR BASIC NEEDS AND NUTRITION BASKET
A Simplified Guide to the JCTR Basic Needs and Nutrition Basket
The guide can be used to promote healthy diets and improve knowledge on basic nutrition in Zambia.
DIET DIVERSIFICATION AT INDIVIDUAL AND HOUSEHOLD LEVELHouseholds can ;
IMPROVED KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION ON PREVENTION AND CONTROL FOR POLICY MAKERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Integrating health and nutrition education into lessons, meals, and gardening activities promotes healthy habits such as dietary diversity, food and water safety, food processing, nutrient preservation, sanitation, and hygiene.
PROMOTION OF THE PRODUCTION OF LOCAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Fruits and vegetables constitute a key component of what a nutritious diet should comprise. Both small and large scale local production of these foods would therefore greatly contribute to enhancing availability and affordability.
DELIBERATE GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS AND POLICY NEED TO BE OPERATIONALISED TO PROMOTE COST EFFECTIVE HEALTHY FOOD PRODUCTION.
Investment in line with government policy on economic diversification through the taxation regime like low or no duty on importation of farmer inputs for fruits. Funding opportunities towards entrepreneur activities that will support slicing, packaging, canning, and dicing, and production of juice, sauces and preservatives may prove useful. Additionally, one area for potential opportunity lies in private-public partnerships with tax incentives in the area of production or processing of horticulture products.
DIVERSIFYING AND PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES REMAINS IMPERATIVE AS NUTRITION IS BEING THREATENED BY CLIMATE CHANGE EVEN IN ZAMBIA.
Without action, climate change will negatively impact nutrition through decreased food quantity and access, decreased dietary diversity, and decreased food nutritional content. What we need is climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive food systems in order to ensure that mitigation and adaptation strategies take nutrition into account.