anaemia a condition often caused by a lack of iron in the diet, so that the blood becomes weak. Other causes are malaria, hookworm, HIV and other infections

community people living in one local area, often with the same culture and similar interests

customs the long established habits or behaviour of a society

faeces solid waste material produced by the body from the back passage

fermentation the action of yeast or bacteria and other

microorganisms in food, resulting in the food becoming more acid and easy to digest

fortify to increase the nutritional value of a food by adding nutrients

goitre a large swelling of a gland in the neck

hunger feeling the lack of sufficient suitable foods

hygiene clean or healthy practices

malnutrition/malnourished condition caused by a lack of the

nutrients required for a healthy diet

minerals chemicals the body needs in small amounts to produce blood, use nutrients and build bones and teeth

NGOs non-governmental organisations which are managed independently of government

nutritious food which contains nutrients required for a healthy diet

offal the edible, internal organs of an animal such as the heart, liver and kidneys

ownership when local people take control and accept responsibility for issues that affect their own development

participants people taking part in any kind of activity

participation involvement of people in the decisions and processes that affect their lives

poverty a situation where there are not enough resources to maintain an adequate standard of life

protein type of food found in meat, offal, fish, eggs and pulses which is used for body building and repair

pulses a family of plants producing seeds in pods which are of high nutritional value and includes peas, beans, mung beans and lentils (also known as legumes)

relish a side dish of tasty or spicy food which is eaten with the staple food to add flavour and nutritional value

staple food the main food eaten and the main source of energy in the diet

taboos certain behaviour which is forbidden or which goes against accepted practice within a society

trainer a person who guides or teaches others to carry out certain skills or activities, usually in an informal way

vitamins substances needed in very small amounts to help fight infection and repair the body