An Analysis Of Adoption Of Quality Protein Maize (Qpm) As A Source Of Protein For Resource-Poor Farmers: A Case Study In Makueni District
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Abstract

Malnutrition has been prevalent in many parts of the world. Its multiple causes have made it difficult to eradicate and therefore it has been a major concern to many nations. Several measures have been taken to curb it including medical, nutritional and lifestyle interventions. One of ways that is widely been advocated is the use of the Quality Protein Maize, an improved maize cultivar.

Quality protein maize (QPM) is a variety of maize whose protein content has been increased. It has 90% of the nutritive value of milk, a standard reference protein as compared with 40% for conventional maize and can stem or reverse protein malnutrition. Consumption of this new variety leads to growth among malnourished young children. Research has shown that babies and adults consuming QPM are healthier and they are at lower risk for malnutrition disorders such as marasmus and kwashiorkor.