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New ATDF Issue on Orphan Crops and Climate Change

The latest issue of ATDF Journal (volume 6 issue 3/4) on orphan crops and climate change has now been published online (http://www.atdforum.org/spip.php?article350 ).

The African Technology Development Forum (ATDF) partners with United Nations organizations such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and a wide range of businesses to become the leading information and matchmaking platform for African entrepreneurs. The website has a wide readership consisting of scholars, policy makers and professionals. It is now also featuring a blog and offers readers to write comments.

We hope you will like the new website design (see www.atdforum.org) and eventually become part of our action-oriented initiative that aims at coaching and matchmaking motivated and innovative entrepreneurs in Africa with senior experts in finance, business and technology worldwide.

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Comment by Solomey Barongo on September 14, 2010 at 13:00
Am not an expert in the agricultural field, but from a general scientific view, and also for an observer (who has grown up in Africa and is well acquainted with the indigenous food and agricultural issues), I do take a stand and say that the aspect promoted in the above mentioned article "African Orphan Crops" which was published by the ATDF Journal (Volume 6 Issue 3 & 4, 2009) seems to offer an interesting and very promising approach in the quest for a solution to the prominent shortage in food quantity, quality, as well as income generating prospects in Africa. Those "orphan crops" (especially cassava, maize and millet/sorgham - that is, in East Africa) have a greater potential to yield larger quantities than other crops and have been therefore a more appropriate alternative in times of food shortage than other crops (like Irish potatoes or green bananas). Due to food shortages in times of draught for example, large and small scale farmers as well as individual families have very often resorted to the alternative of drying and pounding the yields of especially maize and millet and thus increased the food quantity or supply in general. Nevertheless, despite the fact that these crops are generally of little basic nutritional value, there is also reason to assume that this value decreases further in the process drying and pounding. Therefore, the idea of improving the output of these "orphan crops" in terms of quantity and nutrition value seems to offer a far reaching, multi-facetted solution to underlying social economical dilemmas in most African countries. As it is, am very impressed.

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