National Academies advisory: Native African vegetables

October 24, 2006

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to hundreds of indigenous vegetables -- most of them resilient enough to thrive in poor soil -- that have fed Africans for tens of thousands of years. These plants, however, receive little or no attention from the research community. LOST CROPS OF AFRICA, VOLUME II: VEGETABLES, new from the National Research Council, discusses how greater efforts to explore the potential of such vegetables could enhance food supplies and economies across the continent.
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Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at 9 a.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 30. THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED AND NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE BEFORE 4 P.M. EST ON TUESDAY, OCT. 31. Reporters can obtain a copy by contacting the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.

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