Friday, November 03, 2006

"Lost Crops of Africa: Volume II: Vegetables"

Development, Security, and Cooperation (DSC) and Policy and Global Affairs (PGA) Committees of the U.S. National Academies of Science, National Academy Press, 2006.

Summary: "This report is the second in a series of three evaluating underexploited African plant resources that could help broaden and secure Africa's food supply. The volume describes the characteristics of 18 little-known indigenous African vegetables (including tubers and legumes) that have potential as food- and cash-crops but are typically overlooked by scientists and policymakers and in the world at large. The book assesses the potential of each vegetable to help overcome malnutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and create sustainable landcare in Africa. Each species is described in a separate chapter, based on information gathered from and verified by a pool of experts throughout the world. Volume I describes African grains and Volume III African fruits."

Check out these related books from the National Academy Press:
* Lost Crops of Africa: Volume I: Grains

* Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems

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