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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.


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National Research Council. 2006. Lost Crops of Africa: Volume II: Vegetables. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Publication Info

378 pages |  8.5 x 11 | 

  • Paperback:  978-0-309-10333-6
  • Ebook:  978-0-309-16454-2
Chapters skim
Front Matter i-xxiv
Introduction 1-32
1 Amaranth 33-51
2 Bambara Bean 52-73
3 Baobab 74-91
4 Celosia 92-103
5 Cowpea 104-117
6 Dika 118-135
7 Eggplant (Garden Egg) 136-153
8 Egusi 154-171
9 Enset 172-189
10 Lablab 190-205
11 Locust Bean 206-221
12 Long Bean 222-233
13 Marama 234-245
14 Moringa 246-267
15 Native Potatoes 268-285
16 Okra 286-301
17 Shea 302-321
18 Yambean 322-344
Biographical Sketches of Panel Members 345-350
Credits 351-354

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