Journal of Developments in Sustainable Agriculture
Vol. 5 (2010) , No. 1 pp.131-135
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Nutrient Intake and Stunting Prevalence among Tea Plantation Workers’ Children in Indonesia
Katrin Roosita1), Euis Sunarti2) and Tien Herawati2)
1) Department of Community Nutrition, Faculty of Human Ecology, Bogor Agricultural University
2) Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, Bogor Agricultural University

(Received: October 16, 2009)
(Accepted for Publication: November 27, 2009)

Abstract
Women working in Indonesian tea plantations are usually part-timers with few skill and low income. In order to work, they have to leave their children at home or in day care. We examined the nutrient adequacy level and prevalence of stunting among children of these workers. The intake of most nutrients was below the recommended dietary allowance: energy 83.1%, protein 91.8%, fat 66.2% vitamin A 71.4%, vitamin C 50.4%, calcium 69.3%, and zinc 32.2%. Nutrient adequacy, especially energy and protein, was negatively correlated (P<0.05) with children’s age. Nearly 22% of children had a low weight-for-age (WAZ; Z<-2), 9% had a low weight-for-height (WZ), and 53% had a low height-for-age (HAZ): that is, they were stunted. HAZ was correlated with the intake of protein, calcium, iron, and zinc (P<0.01). The population in this region lacked food and nutrition security.

Keywords: children, diet, nutrient adequacy, stunting

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