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.
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Organization AAAS - American Association for the Advancement of Science