Innovative ways to enjoy fruits and veggies year-round: GSC teaches food drying in Tanzania

Food drying is one of the most ancient methods of preserving food. Dry season threatens Tanzanians’ health, as it can severely limit the amount of nutritious food available to feed the community. In addition to other health subjects, GSC works to teach Tanzanians about this relatively simple and inexpensive means to increase their food security throughout the year.

This week we taught food drying to the community group and went back to primary school and taught two more classes.  Food drying was really interesting…you leave at the end of the week and the community has 3 new dryers.  The…enthusiasm was very apparent and it’s understandable because growing crops in the dry season is very difficult and drying food allows them to store vegetables and fruit for anywhere between 6-12 months. It’s amazing that something that’s made of wood and mesh can provide so much for the community.  We also woke up at 5:30 every morning to go door-to-door vaccinating chickens; it’s always interesting to get to see actual village life rather than a classroom. Many of them try to speak English to me and also try and teach me Swahili, which shows me how appreciative they are of me being there.

Leah E., Tanzania Integrated Program, 2011

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