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Agriculture; Livestock; Indigenous Plants; Agroforestry – Links

  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

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More about Vegetable Butter in West and East Africa

Shea butter, a vegetable butter made from the nuts of an African tree, is known throughout the West.  A while back I talked about it in this blog. There are other works by colonial explorers that mention vegetable butters, some of … Continue reading

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Couscous and other Cuisines in the Sahel in 1798 – Mungo Park’s Experience

The Scottish explorer Mungo Park was 24 when he first travelled to West Africa to seek the source and the debouchment of the Niger River for the Africa Association of London.  The Association was also desirous of learning more about the … Continue reading

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Shea Butter in the 18th Century, Better than English Butter according to Mungo Park

It was Mungo Park who first brought the shea tree and shea butter to the attention of Europeans.  According to Park, this is an excellent substance – better than English butter – and one that does not go readily rancid.  … Continue reading

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