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Multifunctional Agriculture by Roger Leakey

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Section 3. Importance of Tree Products

Many thousands of edible plants are wild and undomesticated, and many of them have been regularly consumed and highly appreciated by local people. As common property natural resources from the wild, the products of these species are said to be nontimber or nonwood forest products. Typically these species are much richer in nutrients than the few cereals and root crops that have been domesticated as staple foods on account of their carbohydrate content. The first paper reviews what is known about the nutritive values of the 17 species identified by African farmers as those of top priority for domestication in four ecoregions of Africa. Typically the published data are the mean values for each species, ...

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