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Lost Crops of Africa, Volume I: Grains

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The purpose of Lost Crops of Africa, Volume I: Grains is to draw worldwide attention to traditional African cereals and especially to their potential for expanding and diversifying African and world food supplies.  Africa is seen by many observers as a basket case---a vast region incorporating more than 40 nations that appears unlikely to be able to feed its burgeoning population in the coming years.  To many observers, there seem to be no ready solutions.  Some have given up hope that anything can be done.

What has been almost entirely overlooked, however, is that throughout that vast continent can be found more than 2,000 native grains, roots, fruits, and other food plants.  These have been feeding people for thousands of years but most are being given no attention whatever today.  We have called them the "lost corps of Africa."

Among the 2,000 lost foods are more than 100 native grasses whose seeds are (or have been) eaten.  These can be found from Mauritania to Madagascar.  Only a handful are currently receiving concerted research and development, and even those few are grossly underappreciated.  Our goal is to demonstrate the potential inherent in these overlooked traditional cereals.  Our hope is thereby to stimulate actions to increase the support for, and use of, the best of them so as to increase food supplies, improve nutrition, and raise economic conditions.

It should be understood that most of the plants described are not truly lost: indeed, a few are well known worldwide.  It is to the mainstream of international science and to people outside the rural regions that they are "lost."  It should also be understood that it is not just for Africa that the grains hold promise.  Several of Africa's now-neglected cereals could become major contributors to the welfare of nations around the world.  This potential is often emphasized in the following chapters in hopes of stimulating the world community into serious and self-interested support for these species that now languish.

Contents by chapter title:  Potential breakthroughs for grain farmers, Potential breakthroughs in grain handling, Potential breakthroughs in convenience foods, Potential breakthroughs in child nutrition, After words, References and selected readings, Research contacts, Notes on nutritional charts, Lost Crops of Africa series, Index of foods, Index of plants, BOSTID Innovation Program, Board on Science and Technology for International Development (BOSTID), BOSTID publications.

National Academy of Sciences, Board on Science and Technology for International Development, National Research Council, 1996, 383 p, illustrations & b&w photos, soft.  $39.00


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