Dietary patterns have changed radically in the growing cities of Africa. Such dietary transitions can have important implications for food security and the environment. However their causes and impact mechanisms are not well understood and documented.
Researchers from our lab have developed a protocol to identify dietary patterns in African cities, as well as how and why they have changed in the past decade. Subsequently, lab members Alice Karanja, Abubakari Ahmed and Eric Dompreh collected household-level data in Accra and Nairobi, two major African cities that have experienced such dietary shifts.
Some of the collected data included household socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, individual dietary choices and reasons for their change, and body measurements of the respondents. In total 650 households were surveyed in Nairobi and 750 in Accra, between 3 August and 15 September.