The farmer?s view
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CTA. 2008. The farmer?s view. Agfax Resource Pack. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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Mama Ndelifose Nanyaro explains how growing and eating indigenous African vegetables, such as okra, eggplant, cowpeas and pumpkins, has made her life better. She looks and feels young and strong, despite being 60 years old, and she is proud that she can afford to pay school and hospital fees when she needs to.
The farmer?s view Ndelifose Johnny Nanyaro Farmer, Nambala village, Arusha, Tanzania Suggested introduction What are the secrets of staying healthy? Eating a balanced diet is definitely one of the most important. At a recent conference in Arusha, Tanzania, delegates have been discussing some of the world?s forgotten foods ? vegetables, nuts and fruits that are no longer widely grown. Many of these crops are extremely nutritious. Green leafy vegetables like nightshade, for example, contain high levels of iron and vitamins. Mama Ndelifose Nanyaro is a farmer who lives in Nambala village, not far from Arusha. She spoke to Lazarus Laiser about how growing indigenous African vegetables has helped to make her life better. Track 9 In ?Right now I am standing in a garden ? Out ?just from this small garden.? Duration 1?51? Suggested closing announcement: The youthful Ndelifose Nanyaro, a strong advocate for the benefits of eating and growing indigenous vegetables. Transcript Laiser Right now I am standing in a garden which is situated in Usa, it is Nambala village, and with me is the farmer who is just practising these kind of indigenous vegetables. I can see that there is pigeonpea, I can also see the eggplant and also I can see okra and other things. I just want to know why you chose to grow these indigenous vegetables? Nanyaro (Vernac) I decided to start this farming because it has a lot of benefits. It is easy and I inherited it from my parents. We have been eating these from childhood. I am familiar with it. Laiser Which type of indigenous fruits or indigenous vegetables do you grow? Nanyaro (Vernac) I have okra, nightshade, eggplant, cowpeas, cassava, pumpkins, yams. Laiser And I can see that you have got a lot of benefits, as I can see you have built a modern house. I can also see that you are healthy, so I assume that may be because of these indigenous vegetables? Nanyaro (Vernac) I am healthy in my family, I look young as you can see me. I am 60 years but I look young and strong. My daughter is 38 years but she looks very young. I can serve my children well. I can do my own work, I am not a beggar. I pay school fees for my children by my own. In case of sickness I can just take my children to hospital without any problem, just from this small garden. End of track.