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International experts gathering in the Senegalese capital Dakar say urban horticulture could help feed people and improve their nutrition in cities of developing countries.

At a conference organised by the Food and Agricultural Organisation this week, scientists said that African people were not eating enough vegetables and fruits while obesity and cardiovascular diseases have become a growing concern on the continent.

African people could soon be faced with the five-a-day programme already adopted by Western countries following recommendations by the World Health Organisation to eat at least 400 grammes of fruit or vegetables every day.

In fact, scientists meeting in Dakar say African people's intake of fruit and vegetables is way behind this recommended level.

They've been looking into sustainable ways of supplying fresh food to cities in the face of rapid urbanisation. To improve nutrition and tackle poverty in major cities, experts are pushing for the use of local vegetables and fruits grown in what they call urban gardens.

Modibo Traore is in charge of Agriculture and Consumer consumption at the Food and Agriculture Organisation. He told the BBC that the importance of the micro-gardens is that they can "provide to families, it can provide to poor citizens in the cities, the opportunity to get what is normally missing in their diet."

Obesity, heart disease and diabetes have become as much a problem as poor nutrition in Africa , according to scientists at the conference.

They argue that urban horticulture can be used as a weapon in the battle for food security with millions of people living in slums encouraged to grow vegetables in pots, courtyards or even used tyres.

Municipal authorities should ensure micro-gardens are part of city planning.

Local leaves and fruits have astounding nutritional value but experts acknowledge that it will be no easy task to educate people into changing their diet .

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."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

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Urban
حضري
Horticulture
بستنة
Nutrition
تغذية
Food and agricultural organisation
منظمة الأغذية والزراعة
Cardiovascular diseases
أمراض القلب والأوعية الدموية
Recommendations
توصيات
Intake
تناول
Sustainable
مستدامة
Urbanisation
التحضر
Diabetes
مرض السكري
Weapon
سلاح
Slums
الأحياء الفقيرة
Courtyards
ساحات
Tyres
الإطارات
Municipal authorities
السلطات البلدية
Astounding
مذهل
Acknowledge
يقرّ أو يعترف

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

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