By our Reporter
As many development actors are coming up with innovations, KRC has equally not been left out of the fray. The Fort Portal Based Community Development Organization has in the last weeks worked in partnership with Save the Children International, with Financial Support from WFP -even amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic been involved in training of communities in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement, in nutritional food security. The partners managed to conduct 4 cooking demonstration and 2 food demonstration in one health Centre (Bujubuli health centre III).
The main objectives of these cooking demonstrations were improving beneficiaries and care givers’ knowledge on nutrition and cookery of locally available food items promoting balanced feeding practices (eating all food values) using locally available foods and demystifying myths on dietary practices immunity to boost immunity and body growth of children
In preparation of solid food for infants, the participants were taken through how to prepare a common and appropriate formula known as triple mix which in most cases is referred .
to as “Kitobero” literally meaning a mixture of foods. This formula ensured that all the main food groups are prepared at the same time to save fuel and cooking time as well as ensuring that the meal is nutritiously balanced with both macro and micro nutrients.
The principle behind this triple mix cooking style was to ensure that the meal has 3 main food groups impeded i.e. carbohydrate (Energy giving), protein (Body building), vitamins and mineral (Protective) in the in ratio of 1(Carbohydrate):2 (Protein):1(Vitamin and mineral) at the same time of cooking and serving food.
The 2 portions of Proteins were derived from both animal and plant sources in a ratio of 1:1(one animal source and one plant source). However, in the presence of only one protein source, the 2 portions can be obtained from what is available.
Beneficiaries were also take through fruits and vegetable preparation to reduce loss of nutrients through exposure to unconducive environment such as air, unconducive PH and extreme temperatures. And thus need to be handled with care during harvesting, storage, washing, slicing (Cutting) and cooking.
Small waiting areas at the health facilities for the beneficiaries during the cooking lessons still remained a challenge. Beneficiaries complained of lack of adequate resources to buy food of all food groups and they were encouraged to setup kitchen gardens so as to have vegetables in their homes at no costs.
KRC has been supporting promotion of nutritional Food security in the Rwenzori Region, for the last 20 years