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• The training was undergone from 21-23/06/2017. • And in the training different stakeholders were involved; i.e.  From the agricultural sector, the agricultural development agent (DA) participated and gave training on how to maximize the quality of production of locally grown diversified foods sources  From health sector, more than four health care providers were participated in the training, and they gave detailed orientations to the mothers about how mothers can protect themselves from disease causing factors by consuming diversified foods and addressing other underlying causes of malnutrition too.  The RSP • Thus, the sessions of the training were given to the women by  RSP: about the progress they moved until then and the importance of sustainable consumption of diversified foods  Health care provider (B.Sc nurse): about the health implication of eating diversified foods  Agricultural development agent (DA): about how to maximize the locally available irrigation based farm products • The mothers underwent hot discussion on what is the importance of eating diversified foods for human-being and especially for mothers: then they agreed that eating diversified foods is important:  For living and to have longer expected life  For getting energy  To increase the blood volume of the body  To be protected from both communicable and non-communicable diseases  To be productive individual • The mothers witnessed that they are eating variety of foods as per the W-MDD; commonly with in 24 hour, they are able to eat :  Injera made from mixture of barely, Teff, sorghum, and millet  Legumes in the form of local spices (Shiro, Kikk)  Tomato and potato in the form of spices  Green peppers  Vegetables (spinach, kale, cabbage)  Fruits (mango, guava, orange, and papaya); except guava, all are bought from market as not present in the irrigation based land.  And different natural spices like ginger • They able to discuss to each other about the variety of food groups and their importance; i.e.  Whole cereals and grains are energy yielding  Fruit and vegetables are disease protecting foods  Animal products (milk, meat) body building foods  Legumes and nuts as sources of essential fats for body building and energy sources  Liquid food oils are worth to solid food oils in reducing the risk of non-communicable chronic diseases. But, they admitted that they usually use the solid one due to the reason it is cheap to buy; that is, the price for three litters of the solid oil is equal to the price of one litter liquid oil approximately 75-90ETB. Yet, after the refresher training, they decided that they will stop feeding that solid oil (fat) understanding that the cost of living and curing chronic non-communicable disease after its occurrence is because boundless! • In line with the hot discussion; the food myths commonly practiced in the area (Dagiya village) identified to be:  Every red (tea, coffee, and others) increase blood volume of our body  Flax doesn’t have any value for our body; except used once for softening the intestine after the end of fasting period  Taking lemon burns (destroys) the blood of human-beings  Packed foods are nutritionally more valuable than the natural and organic foods  Goodly talking, we negotiated a lot on these food myths and others a lot; and we got on well on what is really scientifically worth to apply for the good health of the mothers. • After the hot training sessions and discussion among each other by the mothers: they raised very critical and thoughtful questions as follow:  What is the impact of taking tea and coffee on the blood volume of our body? Does it increase or decrease our blood volume?  Is that true that taking lemon with tea can boost our blood volume?  Do the nutritional status of mother and the love of parents have an impact on the mental development of children?  Why it is not recommended to give cow’s milk for infants less than one year of age?  Which is more nutritious from taking the white flour made in factory and the wheat harvested from farmland? • Finally, the mothers forwarded additional help request that it would be better if they get the seedling of perennial trees of:  Mango  Orange  Banana  Papaya  Apple  Lemon and coffee So, dear all your esteemed members of MAAN platform, how about in your cases; What did you underwent? What did mothers discuss about? What are the food taboos and myths in your case? What are the things set forward to be addressed then? Lastly, as you can see from the discussion above, many food myths were identified and resolved; and also many critical questions were raised by the participants and all managed to. Can you enjoy them then? And let me see your reflections too? Thank you so much Amaha kahsay

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  1. This is actually a great story presentation with detail ideas of the whole training/intervention. and as we can see people at your area are deprived of diversified foods because of lack of awareness or misunderstanding of the health importance  of different food types due to food taboos or myths and i think  this is the similarities most of us have. so in my opinion giving training or promotion of this dietary diversity is the right type of intervention to meet the core problems of our communities. and i can understand from the questions raised  that your trainees were willing to learn more about the subject so i hope u will have a good out come. and good luck!  

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