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Underutilized crops are often indigenous ancient crop species which are still used at some level within the local, national or even international communities, but have the potential to contribute further to the mix of food sources than they currently do.

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  1. Ressource principale
    20/01/2011 Pour plus de 30 ans passés que nous continuons à travailler avec les petits fermiers en Afrique Centrale, nous nous sommes jouis de merveilleuse luxuriance de ses forets, savanes, et rivières. En plus, nous avons été privilégiés de connaitre d’innombrables groupes ethniques, avec différentes...
  2. 01/01/1989 Maize (Zea mays; corn) is the third most important food crop in the world, surpassed onlyby two other grains, wheat and rice. Maize is a widely adapted crop, capable of production during the appropriateseason in almost all parts of the world where farming is done. Maize is represented by...
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    01/01/1983 Amaranth [Amaranthus hypochondriacus, A. cruentus (grain type) & A. tricolor (vegetable type)] is an herbaceous annual with upright growth habit, cultivated for both its seeds which are used as a grain and its leaves which are used as a vegetable or green. Both leaves and seeds contain...
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    01/06/1985 Le moringa, Moringa oleifera, est probablement la plante la plus populaire de la banque de semences d’espèces tropicales sous-utilisées d’ECHO. Cet arbre est originaire de l’Inde mais est cultivée partout au monde et est naturalisée dans beaucoup de milieux. Le moringa a beaucoup de noms. Dans...
  5. 01/01/1999 The cashew, Anacardium occidentale, is a resilient and fast-growing evergreen tree that can grow to a height of 20 m (60 ft). It belongs to the family Anacardiaceae, which also contains poison ivy and the mango. Native to arid northeastern Brazil, the cashew was taken around the world by the...
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    01/06/1998 There are more than one hundred major species of fruits in the tropics, which make a very interesting contribution to the appetite as well as to good nutrition. These species vary in ecological requirements, in season of production, in yields, uses and, of course, in many other characteristics....
  7. 19/01/1984 Leucaena leucocephala ("koa haole"-Hawaii; ipil ipil - Phillipines) is a fast-growing, leguminous tree that can be used for reforestation, for firewood, and as a forage crop that can equal alfalfa in nutritional value. There are three basic types of leucaena trees: Hawaiian, Salvador, and Peru....
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    20/01/2013 Environ 98% de la production agricole dans les régions soudano-sahéliennes d’Afrique occidentale et centrale est basée sur les cultures pluviales. Avec une pluviométrie annuelle moyenne de 300 à 800 mm/an, le nombre de cultures de base est très limité. On distingue deux céréales: le mil...
  9. Ressource principale 01/01/1990 I often tell folks that ECHO specializes in growing food under difficult conditions. The pigeon pea, Cajanus cajan, is a prime example of a tough but nutritious plant for just such cases. This article is directed toward two audiences. For some of you, pigeon pea is already an important crop. You...
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    01/01/2006 Martin Price, Ph.D., co-fondateur d’ECHO et directeur du service de ressources agricoles d'ECHO, considère que « la chaya est un des cinq plus importants aliments végétaux sous-utilisés que nous distribuons à ECHO. Je lui donne cette importance parce qu’elle pousse bien tant dans les régions...
  11. 01/10/1998 Le jicama (Pachyrhizus erosus), un membre de la famille des fabaceae ou leguminosae est une légumineuse vivace de courte durée souvent cultivée en tant que vigne grimpante annuelle. Il fleurit lorsque la durée du jour raccourcit, produisant de longues gousses non comestibles et des tubercules....
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    20/04/1984 This technical note was published in the early 80's when there were relatively few sources of information on, or seed for the the neem tree. In recent years much progress has been made in each of these areas. The information contained in this technical note is still quite valuable. A good source...
  13. This group page exists so that individuals involved in Underutilized Crops around the world can connect. We encourage you to share the challenges you face in yourendeavors, discuss lessons and techniques learned through your experiences, and share your story!
  14. 01/01/2007 Dans un monde où la faim et la pauvreté sont le lot quotidien d’une grande partie de la population, la technologie et l’éducation sont déficientes et les ressources agricoles sont souvent rares, le paysan est reconnaissant qu’il existe des plantes nécessitant peu d’attention qui poussent avec peu...