Focus on... Underutilised crops

Summary
The importance of biodiversity for food security was the focus of the recent World Food Day, and this theme is also explored in this edition of New Agriculturist. Modern crop production predominantly involves very few of the many thousands of the world's food plants, and the others - largely ignored by scientific research - may be under threat. But crops that are variously described as minor, underutilised or neglected are extremely important in local farming systems, and have great potential in a future sustainable global food system. In this Focus on, we examine some of the advantages of these crops over those that currently dominate world agriculture, as well as ways to promote their use - and novel uses - so that the global potential of these valuable crops may be fully realised.

Publisher
New Agriculturist online

File type
Web Page

Topic
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND ETHNOBOTANY

Related topics
MARKETS AND MARKETING, NUTRITION AND HEALTH

Keywords
agrobiodiversity, cultural heritage, diversity evaluation, ethnobotany, markets, trade barriers

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