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The World Vegetable Center
Vegetables – our most important
source of vital micronutrients
vegetables + development
Vegetable supplies are well
below the minimum for good
health in most countries
One improved tomato
can provide all our daily
vitamin A requirements
A 6m x 6m Indian home
vegetable garden can
provide all the vitamin A
and vitamin C, and most
iron and protein for a family
of four each year
vitamin A supply (µg/person)
8000
6000
4000
Recommended allowance
2000
0
Aug-Oct Nov-Jan Feb-Apr May-Jul
Average of 3 year trials in AP, Punjab and Jharkhand
6m x 6m yields 250 to 350 kg
vegetables per year
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