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African Crop Science Journal
African Crop Science Society
ISSN: 1021-9730
EISSN: 2072-6589
Vol. 26, No. 2, 2018, pp. 203-217
Bioline Code: cs18014
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Crop Science Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2018, pp. 203-217

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Fungo, R.; Tieguhong, J.C.; Muyonga, J.H.; Odjo, S.; Tchingsabe, O. & Tchatat, M.

Résumé

Les forêts africaines sont des réservoirs d’aliments végétaux et animaux fournissant des quantités importantes de nutriments et composés bioactifs stimulants naturels. La présente étude analyse la relation entre les connaissances, les perceptions et les caractéristiques sociodémographiques de la consommation des aliments issus des forêts. Un total de 279 femmes responsables du choix et de la préparation des aliments familiaux ont été choisis au hasard dans 12 villages du Sud et de l’Est du Cameroun, et interviewé à l’aide de questionnaires administrés par des chercheurs. L’analyse de régression multi-variée a été utilisée pour identifier les facteurs sociodémographiques et les perceptions qui affectent la consommation desdits aliments. Baillonella toxisperma check for this species in other resources (Moabi) (98%), Irvingia gabonesis check for this species in other resources (mangue sauvage) (81%) et Trichoscypha abut check for this species in other resources (Mvout) (70%) ont été identifiés comme les aliments végétaux les plus nutritifs. Pour ce qui est des aliments forestiers d’origine animale, la viande de brousse (11%) et Imbrasia check for this species in other resources spp. (chenilles comestibles) (10%) ont été identifiés comme étant les plus nutritifs. La consommation des aliments issus des forêts était plus élevée parmi les familles polygames et positivement corrélée à la durée de séjour dans la zone forestière, ainsi qu’à l’âge des femmes interrogées. Le niveau d’éducation avait une relation inverse avec l’utilisation des aliments forestiers. La perception de leurs valeur nutritives avait également une influence positive sur leur consommation. Étant donné que les préjugés qui ont longtemps marqués ces aliments influencent négativement leur consommation, il est nécessaire de sensibiliser et de renforcer le niveau de connaissance des populations étudiée sur la valeur nutritive de ces produits.

Mots Clés
Consommation; aliments indigènes; perceptions

 
 en Perceived nutrition benefits and socio-demographic factors affecting consumption of forest foods in eastern and southern Cameroon
Fungo, R.; Tieguhong, J.C.; Muyonga, J.H.; Odjo, S.; Tchingsabe, O. & Tchatat, M.

Abstract

African forests act as sources of both plant and animal foods that provide significant amounts of nutrients and healthy boosting bioactive compounds. This study investigated the relationship between knowledge, perceptions and socio-demographic attributes towards consumption of forest foods. A total of 279 females in charge of decision making with respect to food preparation, were randomly selected from 12 villages in southern and eastern Cameroon, and interviewed using researcher administered questionnaires. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to identify the socio demographic factors and perceptions affecting consumption of forest foods. Baillonella toxisperma check for this species in other resources (African pearwood) (98%), Irvingia gabonesis check for this species in other resources (bush mango) (81%) and Trichoscypha abut check for this species in other resources (Mvout) (70%) were identified as the most nutritious foods. Among the animal forest foods, bush meat (11%) and Imbrasia check for this species in other resources spp. (edible caterpillars) (10%) were identified as the most nutritious. Consumption of forest foods was higher among polygamous families and also positively related to length of stay in the forest area, as well as age of female respondents. Education had an inverse relationship with use of forest foods. Perception towards the nutritional value of forest foods were also found to positively influence consumption of forest foods. Since negative perceptions were found to influence consumption, there is need to invest in awareness campaigns to strengthen the current knowledge levels among the study population.

Keywords
Consumption; indigenous foods; perceptions

 
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