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Category Archives: Indigenous crops & medicinal plants
Plants of all kinds were much beloved in ancient Egypt, and here is a selection from tiles, tombs and wall inscriptions. Can you identify them? Over the next few days I will put up a blog giving their identity and function … Continue reading
FAO will be convening an International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, that aims to: … increase understanding of the crucial role that forests, trees on farms and agroforestry systems can play in improving the food security and nutrition … Continue reading
In about 1789, the merchant and voyager Abd Salam Shabeeny set out from his home city, the Moroccan port town of Tetuan (above picture), for Germany in order to procure items for use in his trans-Saharan caravan trade business. On the way he … Continue reading
2012 was an excellent year for blogging. Daily reads ranged between 200 and 300, with a few entries going over 500. Readers were most interested in posts that stress the colonial era of African history, together with wildlife, traditional farming … Continue reading
Reposted for Thanksgiving 2012: Several years ago, when still living in the big house by Lake Tanganyika, I organized a Thanksgiving celebration especially for members of the Burundian military who were so very helpful for us during those fighting years, … Continue reading
Updated 17-11-2012 With growing interest in promoting crops that can withstand climatic changes, INUMPU – a native potato in sub-Saharan Africa – is one local crop that needs to be promoted – along with leafy amaranth, which I blogged about … Continue reading
Heidi, one of our readers, has asked for a recipe using lenga-lenga (amaranth). Here are some recipes, together with information on lenga-lenga – its use, cultivation and value as a key indigenous food. The crop: Lenga-lenga is one of a hand-full … Continue reading