Notes to broadcasters
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We eat to live. Without food, we would go hungry. But hunger is not only about not having enough to eat; it is also about what you eat. “Hidden hunger’’ occurs when people suffer from micronutrient malnutrition. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals. Unlike macronutrients such as calcium and magnesium, they are needed in smaller amounts. Nevertheless, they are essential for good health. Millions of people, typically those who live in rural areas, eat staple foods such as maize, cassava and sweet potato. While these fill their stomachs, they cannot by themselves provide people with enough micronutrients.
Scientists have started to develop crops with higher levels of micronutrients. While these efforts are underway, there are many indigenous African leafy vegetables with high levels of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. But these local vegetables are being underutilized due to lack of knowledge.
This script is based on actual interviews. You could use this script as inspiration to research and write a script on a similar topic in your area. Or you might choose to produce this script on your station, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interviews.
ScriptSignature tune for 10 seconds, then fade and hold under host
I have two people with me outside the gathering. I want them to introduce themselves; first, the lady.
Signature tune up, then fade out
- Contributed by: Gabriel Adukpo, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Koforidua, Ghana
- Reviewed by: Liliane Kambirigi, Information Officer, Media Relations Branch,
Office of Corporate Communication & External Relations, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- Ball, A-M, 2008. Biofortification: New crops tackle hidden hunger. Viewpoint, Spore No. 138. http://spore.cta.int/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=735&catid=1
- Shackleton, C. M. et al, (Eds), 2009. African Indigenous Vegetables in Urban Agriculture. Earthscan, London, UK and Sterling, Virginia.
- Tweneboah, C. K., 1998. Cultivation of vegetables and spices in West Africa. C.K. Tweneboah and Co-wood Publishers.
- Thanks to: Adjei Normenyo, headman, Abotanso community, and Gifty Osafo, extension officer. Interviewed on 19th October, 2010.