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Type Conference Paper - Summer Meeting, 14–17 July 2014, Carbohydrates in health: friends or foes
Title Street food vendors in Ghana: Fruit and vegetable knowledge and influences on vending practice
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
URL http://search.proquest.com/openview/615ec6eadcdda3287f36e4425548da35/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=3675​0
Abstract
According to the World Health Organisation (2013) non-communicable diseases (NCD) account for 65% of global deaths.
Disproportionally 80% of NCD related mortality occurs in low to middle income countries, including Ghana, and is projected to
increase(1)
. Adequate consumption of fruit and vegetables (FV) is a key modifiable risk factor for NCDs however, World Health
Survey data(2) indicates Ghana’s prevalence of low FV consumption, based on <400 g a day,(3) is 37% for women and 38% for
men. On average Ghanaians consume FV between 2–6 days per week and of these the majority consume 0–2 servings(4) Street
food traders/vendors, (SFVs) contribute to employment and the Ghanaian economy, providing a range of food and non-food
items to the masses using “push” strategies for selling. The present study examined the feasibility of SFVs as a possible vehicle for
optimising FV consumption by raising awareness of the value of FV in relation to health and supplying products to meet the
needs of the population.

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