The Tree Against Hunger - Enset-Based Agricultural Systems in Ethiopia

Summary
Enset (Ensete ventricosum) is the main crop of a sustainable indigenous African system that ensures food security in a country that is food deficient. Enset is related to and resembles the banana plant and is produced primarily for the large quantity of carbohydrate-rich food found in a false stem (pseudostem) and an underground bulb (corm). More than 20 percent of Ethiopia's population (more than 10 million people -- the precise number of enset users is unknown), concentrated in the highlands of southern Ethiopia (Figure 1.1), depend upon enset for human food, fiber, animal forage, construction materials, and medicines. The complete document is also available as a pdf-download.

Organization
AAAS - American Association for the Advancement of Science

Group
Webs

File type
Web Page

Topic
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND ETHNOBOTANY

Related topics
AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING, BIOLOGY, MARKETS AND MARKETING, POST HARVEST AND VALUE ADDING, SOCIAL AND EQUITY ISSUES

Underutilized species mentioned
Ensete ventricosum

Keywords
agricultural landscape, agronomy, agropastoral systems, awareness, ecosystems, farming systems, gender, postharvest activities, processing, processing of foods, production, sustainable agriculture, sustainable livelihoods

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