RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF UNDERUTILISED PLANT SPECIES: CROPS FOR THE FUTURE - BEYOND FOOD SECURITY
Research on so-called underutilised crops is not a new discipline the interest in new crops is closely linked to human development. What has emerged in the past 50 years is interest in suitable alternatives to the worlds main staple crops, increased world-wide attention to food security and malnutrition and an eye towards sustainable production systems as response to the high-yield/high-input agriculture promoted through the green revolution. Most recently, the potential of underutilised crops in buffering the effects of climate change is hailed. The paper provides a background on underutilised crop research and development in the past half century, discusses the potential of these crops to address the demands of modern agriculture and points to ways forward in collective efforts to tackle new challenges.
Jaenicke, H. (2013). RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF UNDERUTILISED PLANT SPECIES: CROPS FOR THE FUTURE - BEYOND FOOD SECURITY. Acta Hortic. 979, 33-44
resilience, climate change, nutrition and health, income generation