An Interactive Nutritional Guide to develop low-cost healthy meals while sustaining indigenous foods

Krista Liguori, Abdalla Nassar, Khanjan Mehta

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Abstract

In much of the developing world, indigenous crops are being replaced by non-indigenous varieties. Though potentially more profitable for large, commercial farms, these non-indigenous crops require unsustainable agricultural practices, are less resistant to pests and disease, result in less crop diversity and are less nutritious. This hurts local livelihoods and health while threatening the survival of culture. To encourage the adoption and use of indigenous ingredients, we have developed a framework for a software application: the Interactive Nutritional Guide. This tool identifies crops indigenous to the user's location, presents last-known pricing data, promotes recipes utilizing indigenous foods and suggests indigenous replacements for non-indigenous ingredients. With the intention of launching the application in East Africa, indigenous crops have been identified from literature and consultations with locals. A preliminary database of indigenous recipes and algorithms for ingredient substitution has also been developed along with a strategy for price updates based on user feedback. The Interactive Nutritional Guide is transferable into a mobile application, of significant implication in the developing world where cellphones are increasingly popular. In this article, we present our developments along with a vision aimed at empowering local entrepreneurs to consciously select local, nutritious, and environmentally friendly foods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages145-151
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781479971930
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Event4th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2014 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2014Oct 13 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 4th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2014

Other

Other4th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2014
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period10/10/1410/13/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Engineering(all)

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    Liguori, K., Nassar, A., & Mehta, K. (2014). An Interactive Nutritional Guide to develop low-cost healthy meals while sustaining indigenous foods. In Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2014 (pp. 145-151). [6970274] (Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2014). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/GHTC.2014.6970274