Urban physical food environments drive dietary behaviours in Ghana and Kenya: a Photovoice study
journal contributionposted on 09.08.2021, 10:57 by Rebecca PradeillesRebecca Pradeilles, Ana Irache, Milkah N Wanjohi, Michelle Holdsworth, Amos Laar, Francis Zotor, Akua Tandoh, Senam Klomegah, Fiona Graham, Stella K Muthuri, Elizabeth W Kimani-Murage, Nathaniel Coleman, Mark A Green, Hibbah Osei-Kwasi, Marco Bohr, Emily RoushamEmily Rousham, Gershim Asiki, Robert Akparibo, Kobby Mensah, Richmond Aryeetey, Nicolas Bricas, Paula GriffithsPaula Griffiths
We identified factors in the physical food environment that influence dietary behaviours among low-income dwellers in three African cities (Nairobi, Accra, Ho). We used Photovoice with 142 males/females (≥13 years). In the neighbourhood environment, poor hygiene, environmental sanitation, food contamination and adulteration were key concerns. Economic access was perceived as a major barrier to accessing nutritionally safe and healthy foods. Home gardening supplemented household nutritional needs, particularly in Nairobi. Policies to enhance food safety in neighbourhood environments are required. Home gardening, food pricing policies and social protection schemes could reduce financial barriers to safe and healthy diets.
The ‘Dietary transitions in Ghana’ project was funded by a grant from the Drivers of Food Choice Competitive Grants Programme [grant number OPP1110043]
The TACLED project was funded by a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Foundation Award led by the MRC [grant number MR/ P025153/1]
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