The role of mothers is well captured in the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” when Toula’s mother said “the man is the head, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head any way she wants.” That pretty much sums up the role of mothers in life!
On farms, mothers play the important role of deciding what is planted as food for the child, and how food is distributed among family members. The mother will decide what foods to purchase in the market, constrained by family income and food prices. Her decision will be based on what will make her family healthy. It is the mothers who are most interested in the nutrition of their children.
HarvestPlus acknowledges mothers as their most important partners in making sure that biofortified crops are being planted in the fields, and are consumed as food. Mothers feel empowered when adopting biofortified foods because they have better control over nutrition of their children, as well as their own nutrition, which in turn will also eventually benefit their unborn children.
On farms, mothers play the important role of deciding what is planted as food for the child, and how food is distributed among family members.Howarth Bouis