African nightshade (Solanum scabrum)
African nightshade, black nightshade, […]
Traditional African Vegetables
Mungbean research activities are underway in Africa. This nutritious short-season legume fits well into cereal crop rotations and can help revitalize depleted soils.
Farmers are forming groups, learning how to grow, harvest and deliver quality produce for high-value markets, and finding new markets to tap through the VINESA project.
Onion is perceived to be a “man’s crop” in the study region with only 22 percent of onion producers being women. Women mentioned difficulties in acquiring land and storage facilities as the main constraints to successful onion production.
Africa’s growing cities increasingly seek safe and reliable sources of quality vegetables. A vibrant agri-food sector in rural and peri-urban areas can tap into this demand to provide wholesome and affordable food for city dwellers—and in the process, fight malnutrition, create employment, and reduce poverty on-farm. This message was at the heart of a keynote presentation delivered by Marco Wopereis, World Vegetable Center Director General, on 8 August 2016 during the 3rd All-Africa Horticultural Congress at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Participants from across the continent gathered at the IITA campus to present ideas, explore options, and address bottlenecks for exploiting horticulture’s potential to expand and enhance local economies and livelihoods.
First-hand information about vegetable production and marketing systems is essential to devise appropriate strategies aimed at enhancing vegetable value chain development.
A new comprehensive program to ensure "Africa feeds Africa" will focus on eight priority agricultural value chains, including horticulture.