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Dolichos lablab (Lablab purpureus): Smallholder Farmers Knowledge, Attitude and Practices in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Tanzania

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Josephine J. Minde, Pavithravani B. Venkataramana, Athanasia O. Matemu

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Int. J. Biosci.19( 5), 122-136, November 2021

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/19.5.122-136


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Worldwide, adequate consumption of food is questionable though farmers cultivate various crops. Farmers’ understanding of their food products, particularly underutilized crops, is less linked to dietary choices. This study examined the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of 344 Lablab growers in Tanzania about underutilized Lablab. Findings show that Lablab knowledge varied and was low in Babati (39.6%) and Arumeru (27.3%). The ordered probit model revealed knowledge differences being influenced by location (0.142) (p ≤ 0.05) and advice (0.247) (p ≤ 0.01). Furthermore, the marginal effect indicated locality (0.055) (p ≤ 0.05) and guidance (0.096) (p ≤ 0.01) influenced the likelihood of farmers having high knowledge. Mvomero’s favourite attitude on Lablab was lower (20.1%). Practically, Lablab was primarily for business, with black accession being most marketed but least consumed. Smallholder farmers’ food products are a direct and basic source of consumption in farmers’ households, so increasing their acceptability is critical for addressing food and nutrition insecurity.


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