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Lost Crops of Africa: Vegetables

This book 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.


Quinoa focus of latest issue of World Farmers' Organization E-Magazine

In the 1990s, FAO identified quinoa as a promising crop to contribute to world food security in the twenty-first century. Twenty years later, the United Nations declared 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa (IYQ). In his opening remarks before the UN General Assembly, FAO’s Director General, José Graziano da Silva, called quinoa an “ally” in the fight against hunger and food insecurity. Indeed,there are two compelling reasons why quinoa can play a key role in fighting against hunger: a) its high nutritional value, and b) its hardiness and versatility, which allow the crop to adapt to harsh conditions,such as low temperatures, drought, and salinity. Furthermore, some quinoa varieties can grow at sea level, while others can grow at 4 000 meters above sea level.



Maize plants that trap vegetable flies = Des plants de maïs pour piéger les mouches des légumes

A team from CIRAD in Réunion set itself a target of zero pesticide use on vegetable crops. By planting maize all around market garden plots, there is no need to treat against vegetable flies, the main pests on such crops. This success story is the fruit of several years' research on agro-ecological management of horticultural crops in Réunion, and will serve to cut losses and costs and above all ensure healthier crops.>>>More

Supprimer tout traitement insecticide sur les cultures de légumes, tel est le pari tenu par une équipe du Cirad à la Réunion. Grâce à des plants de maïs installés tout autour des parcelles maraîchères, il n’est plus nécessaire de les traiter contre les mouches des légumes, leurs principaux ravageurs. Cette réussite est le résultat de plusieurs années de recherche sur la gestion agroécologique des cultures horticoles réunionnaises, avec à la clé des pertes limitées, des coûts réduits et surtout des productions plus saines.  >>>Plus

New Book- Okra Handbook: Global Production, Processing and Crop Improvement

Global Production, Processing, and Crop Improvement
B. S. Dhankhar and Ram Singh
$110.00 475 pp. (hardcover)            ISBN: 978-0-9728061-8-3
HNB Publishing             bulk discounts available

Okra has long been exploited as a nutritious vegetable for humans, and fodder for livestock. But its potential as an oilseed crop and its drought tolerance in a world facing global warming underscore its growing importance in sustainable agriculture. Written by global experts in their fields of specialization, this is the first book exclusively on okra. It provides a single source of in-depth and detailed information. Agricultural universities, research institutes, libraries, government agricultural departments, vegetable crop breeders, and seed companies will find this book invaluable.

"Synthesizes the scientific information on various aspects of okra…to provide in-depth information. Brings a broad perspective to the problems encountered in the development of this crop…and should foster continued collaboration on okra research."
-- American Society of Agronomy

"The first comprehensive review devoted exclusively to okra…offer[s] a varied perspective on issues related to the crop."
-- Economic Botany

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Global Crop Diversity Trust supports upgrades of important genebanks

With support from the Trust genebanks have been able to purchase vital equipment that has enabled them to meet internationally accepted standards for storage and availability, regenerate collections, and create robust plans for long term management.

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Ginger: A Spice in Vogue

Widely used in Asia and increasingly popular in Europe, ginger is currently a fashionable spice. However, although it is produced in a number of ACP countries, local value chains are still poorly organised. A volatile international market has also made exports difficult. Nevertheless, ginger still promises to be a crop with a bright future for local farmers.>>Read More in CTA's issue of Spore December-January 2011/2012

New Book: "Integrated Pest Management in Vegetable Production: A Guide for Extension Workers in West Africa

Integrated pest management (IPM) – the science, or rather art, of protecting crops without poisoning entire ecosystems – has been around since the early 1980s. Yet there are still gaps in the literature needed to support its application. Practical guidance on IPM in vegetables has been particularly lacking in West Africa, despite this region’s growing market for these crops.

Integrated Pest Management in Vegetable Production: A Guide for Extension Workers in West Africa, fills this gap. Authored by Braima James and colleagues at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), this manual provides development workers, technicians and farmers with a comprehensive inventory of pests and a complete menu of options for controlling them. It’s well edited, beautifully designed and illustrated (with over 100 photos) and spiral bound for ease of use in the field.

Book available online.

CIP Announces a 5-year Sweetpotato Initiative (SASHA)

The Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) is a 5-year initiative designed to improve the food security and livelihoods of poor families in Sub-Saharan Africa by exploiting the untapped potential of sweetpotato. It will develop the essential capacities, products, and methods to reposition sweetpotato in food economies of Sub-Saharan African countries to alleviate poverty and undernutrition, particularly among poor women and children.

SASHA is a project of the International Potato Center (CIP). As part of the broader, 10-year, multi-donor Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative, the SASHA project is expected to set the groundwork for improving the lives of 10 million Sub-Saharan households in 10 years.

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