Plants: Industrial Crops
Fish Bean Tephrosia vogelii
Fish Bean is native to West Africa, but is now found in India, Asia, and other tropical regions.
Jatropha Jatropha curcas
This drought-tolerant shrub or small tree (up to 6 m/20 ft) originating in Meso America is now cultivated pantropically. It grows under 300-1000 mm annual rainfall and tolerates low soil fertility. The semi-succulent, palmate leaves are deciduous in dry season.
Kenaf Hibiscus cannabinus
Kenaf was first grown in Africa (western Sudan). Kenaf is a high-yielding and increasingly popular vegetable for the city markets. Contrary to roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), it can be grown near the equator. Prospects for increased Kenaf fiber and pulp production are good in view of growing...
Sesame Sesamum indicum
Sesame is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. It has been cultivated for some 4,000 years. India and China are the largest producers of Sesame. Other large producers include: Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Nicaragua....
Sunflower Helianthus annuus
In North America, Sunflower is grown in the Great Plains region of the United States and adjacent Canada. Traditionally, Russia has been the leading sunflower producer. Argentina is another world leader in Sunflower production.
Vernonia Vernonia galamensis
This oilseed plant originated from eastern Africa. Vernonia is grown in tropical locations that are within 20º of the equator because better seed is produced from flowers under short day conditions.