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Urban physical food environments drive dietary behaviours in Ghana and Kenya: a Photovoice study

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posted 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.

Funding

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]

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Health and Place

Volume

71

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

02/08/2021

Publication date

2021-08-07

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1353-8292

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Rebecca Pradeilles. Deposit date: 5 August 2021

Article number

102647