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Underutilized Crops for Secure and Green Futures

Van Deynze, Allen [1], Simons, Tony [2], Jamnadass, Ramni [2], Shapiro, Howard [3].

The African Orphan Crops Consortium, an Uncommon Collaboration.

The aim of the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) is improve the nutrition, productivity and climatic adaptability of some of Africa’s most important food crops, helping to decrease the malnutrition and stunting rife among the continent’s rural children. To achieve these goals AOCC is working with African governments and foundations to develop long-term support for plant breeding of crops important to African diets. The AOCC has begun by investing in training Africa’s top breeders to integrate modern tools into their plant breeding programs; sequence the reference genomes and 100 lines for each of 101 African orphan crops. The crops were chosen based on surveys from over 100 scientist, sociologist, anthropologist from Africa or working in Africa. Although there is little research on each of the crops, they were chosen for their importance in African diets as well as their nutritional profiles. Examples include bambara groundnut, Ethiopian mustard, finger millet, spider plant, guava and baobab. This talk will focus on the attributes of the chosen crops as well as current progress in the AOCC program.


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Related Links:
African Orphan Crops Consortium
Mars African orphan crops


1 - University of California, 1 Shields Ave, Davis, CA, 95616, USA
2 - World AgroForestry Center, Nairobi, 00100, Kenya
3 - Mars Incorporated, Davis, CA, 95616, USA

Keywords:
Domestication
nutrition
breeding
Africa
Orphan.

Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Session: SY08
Location: Salon 17/18/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Time: 10:45 AM
Number: SY08007
Abstract ID:1410
Candidate for Awards:None


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