Africa’s forgotten crops could offset growing food insecurity

Michel Ghanem – Mohammed VI Polytechnic University “Why is it common sense to diversify our investment portfolio, but not the world’s food portfolio?” asks Dr. Arif Husain, Chief Economist at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize (quote from Twitter, 23rd March 2022). As we diversify our … More Africa’s forgotten crops could offset growing food insecurity

Our forgotten wild foods

Rekindling interest in wild and non-cultivated edible plants can have positive nutrition, health, and conservation outcomes Blog post by Kamal Aryal and Samuel Thomas of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu During the lockdown, there were several reports of people in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) being forced to forage for wild … More Our forgotten wild foods

Announcing the Global Manifesto on Forgotten Foods

The Global Manifesto on Forgotten Foods is a landmark document representing a wide consensus on a coherent framework for a transformation of the agricultural research and innovation system—by fully unleashing the potential of so-called ‘forgotten foods’. Also referred to as neglected and underutilized species (NUS), indigenous foods, orphan crops or future foods, “forgotten foods” encompasses tens of … More Announcing the Global Manifesto on Forgotten Foods

Forgotten foods: forgotten by science, but not by farmers

In pursuit of productivity, the global food system has become focused on a few staple crops. This has not only left consumers with fewer choices for healthy diets, but also sidelined a wealth of nutritious and resilient food crops around the world. But while they may have been forgotten by formal research systems, these hundreds … More Forgotten foods: forgotten by science, but not by farmers