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Lost Crops of Africa, Volume III: Fruits

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978 0 309 10596 5
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Lost Crops of Africa, Volume III: Fruits highlights a collection of food plants that may seem to be just fruits.  In reality, however, they are multipurpose assets for relieving problems across the vast and troubled landmass lying below the Sahara.  The plights these fruits might lessen include hunger, malnutrition, rural poverty, devastation from unsustainable land practices, and their often-added burdens for women and mothers.  Even the suffering caused by fearsome disease might, to some extent, be relieved.

Such claims will perhaps seem overblown to the uninitiated.  After all, the pages of this book portray mere plants.  But consider this: the 24 resources highlighted here produce food of a particularly nutritious kind.  Being fruits, they are among the priciest foodstuffs, many come from long-lived trees that protect land, and most are raised, harvested, and sold by women.  Furthermore, in a continent beset by infectious diseases, the nutrients that come from fruits can boost general health, strengthen immunity, and help reduce the burden of disease.

Contents: 

Part 1. Cultivated Fruits - Introduction: Summaries of individual species, Table 1: Potential Roles for Selected Cultivated African Fruits, Overcoming malnutrition, Boosting food security, Fostering rural development, Sustainable landcare, Descriptions and Assessments of Individual Species: Balanites, Baobab, Butterfruit, Carissa, Horned Melon, Kei Apple, Marula, Melon, Tamarind, Watermelon,

Part 2. Wild Fruits - Introduction: Summaries of individual species, Table 2: Potential Roles of Selected Wild African Fruits, Overcoming malnutrition, Boosting Food security, Fostering rural development, Sustainable landcare, Wild fruit issues: Increasing wild fruit usage, Developing wild fruits, Nutrition, Sustainable forestry, Social difficulties, Descriptions and Assessments of Individual Species: Aizen, Chocolate Berries, Custard Apples, Ebony, Gingerbread Plums, Gumvines, Icacina, Imbe, Medlars, Monkey Oranges, Star Apples, Sugarplums, Sweet Detar, Tree Grapes, Biographical sketches of panel members, Credits.


National Research Council of the National Academies, 2008, 354 p, illustrated, soft.  (List:$79.00)  $75.00


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