298 pages, Col plates, figs, tabs
This book provides a comprehensive synthesis of current knowledge of the potential and challenges associated with the multiple roles, use, management and livelihood contributions of indigenous vegetables in urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa.
Indigenous species have multiple advantages, including low input requirements, adaptability to African environments, high nutritional value and marked biodiversity, cultural and local food security significance. This book provides evidence that, in spite of being overlooked, in many African cities indigenous vegetables are still widely used, cultivated and marketed. It goes on to consider their potential to contribute to income generation and poverty alleviation of the growing numbers of urban dwellers in sub-Saharan Africa, whilst promoting urban greening and sustainability.
'Offers a comprehensive synthesis of all the issues surrounding indigenous vegetables in urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa' CTA Spore 'All chapters contain valuable information in key fields of interest.' David Gibbon, The Journal of Experimental Agriculture, Vol 46 (2), 2010 'A useful publication', IZWA.
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