Vegetable consumption among staff of agricultural based institutions in Ibadan, Nigeria
There is low consumption of vegetables in most countries in Nigeria. This study determined the consumption preferences for vegetables in southwest Nigeria. 311 respondents were selected from 8 agricultural based institutions in Ibadan through stratified random sampling procedure. The majority of respondents was female (54.2%), married (74.4%), possessed tertiary education (91.6%) with a mean age of 36.7 years. 54% earned between ₦ 71,000 and 130,000 monthly. All respondents consumed adapted exotic leafy and fruit vegetables due to accessibility (51.1%), perceived nutritional benefits (32.1%) and ease of preparation (16.9%). Most respondents consumed exotic vegetables for their health benefits (8.1%), taste (3.8%), availability (5.1%) and nutrition (2.9%). The consumption pattern was in the order: tomato > Corchorus olitorius > amaranthus > Telfairia occidentalis > pepper. Many respondents consumed both tomato (58.7%) and pepper (43.3%) daily. Cucumber was the most consumed exotic vegetable (93.4%) while radish was the least (8.2%). Consumption was motivated largely by awareness of health benefits of vegetables and educational status. However, seasonality was the most limiting constraint to consumption. Educational campaigns on the nutritional and health benefits of vegetables and empowerment of farmers for all-the year round production should be undertaken to enhance vegetable consumption.
Oyedele, O.O., Adeoye, I.B., Amao, I.O., Layade, A.A. and Bamimore, K.M. (2018). Vegetable consumption among staff of agricultural based institutions in Ibadan, Nigeria. Acta Hortic. 1225, 367-376
exotic vegetables, traditional vegetables, consumption pattern, constraints