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Wild Foods and Indigenous Vegetables

Executive Summary
ResearchersDr. Frances Harris, Kingston University
Dr. Salisu Mohammed, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
Funding Body/SourceKingston University
Project SummaryRecent work on wild food use has highlighted their role in nutrition, livelihood security, and in particular the importance of wild foods to the poorest members of a community, either as food, or as a saleable natural resource (Harris and Mohammed, 2003). This builds on previous research how land use change affects bioproductivity if savanna grassland. New links with Indigenoveg will develop new research concerning how differentail access to resrouces shapes rural livelihoods and farming systems, focussing on indigenous and wild food use along the rural-urban continuum in Africa.

Number and types of wild foods collected in northern Nigeria. Harris and Mohammed, 2003.

Indigenous vegetables growing at a roadside location in Pretoria, South Africa.


Harris, F. and Mohammed, S. 2003. Relying on nature: wild foods in northern Nigeria. Ambio, 32, (1) 24-29.

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