Lost Crops of Africa by v.I. Grains

By v.I. Grains

Scenes of hunger have drawn the world's recognition to Africa's agricultural and environmental obstacle. a few observers query no matter if this continent can ever wish to feed its starting to be inhabitants. but there's an neglected nutrients source in sub-Saharan Africa that has giant capability: local foodstuff crops. Africa has greater than 2,000 local grains and culmination - ''lost'' species due for rediscovery and exploitation. This quantity makes a speciality of local cereals, featuring info on the place and the way they're grown, harvested, and processed, their advantages and obstacles as a meals resource, and the the futures of every grain.

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Perhaps the most intriguing is its use for fuel. The stems of certain types yield large amounts of sugar, almost like sugarcane. Thus, sorghum is a potential source of alcohol fuels for powering vehicles or cooking evening meals. Because of the plant's adaptability, it may eventually prove a better source of alcohol fuel than sugarcane or maize, which are the only ones now being used. Finally, sorghum is a relatively undeveloped crop with a truly remarkable array of grain types, plant types, and adaptability.

They like the grain's taste and aroma, and even its reddish appearance. They find the plant easy to produce: its rambunctious growth and spreading canopy help suppress weeds and it generally resists local diseases and pests by itself. Also, to some people traditional rituals are meaningless unless the ancient grain is employed. Moreover, these are not the only advantages. Compared to its Asian cousin, African rice is better at tolerating fluctuating water depths, excessive iron, low levels of management, infertile soils, harsh climates, and late planting (a valued feature because in West Africa's erratic For hundreds, if not thousands, of years, "floating" versions of African rice have been cultivated beside the Niger River, especially here between Timbuktu and Gao.

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