Tanzania: Climate change forces households to cut meals (SciDev.Net)

| October 10, 2016

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Climate change is threatening undernourishment in many Tanzanian households, according to a new study. Floods and droughts have caused food shortages in villages in the Rufiji district of eastern Tanzania, causing households to reduce the number of daily meals.

Ten years ago, many households ate three or four meals a day, but many are now eating just two.

Naomi Jones Saronga is a nutritionist at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam. She is a co-author of the study. She says, “Climate variability has changed people’s eating habits; people reduced the number of meals, portion size, and food diversity within meals.”

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