Tackling Hidden Hunger: The Potentials of Some Underutilized Plant Species

  • DATE / TIME:
    2013•05•08    10:00 - 11:30

    UNU-INRA Seminar: “Tackling Hidden Hunger: The Potentials of some Underutilized Plant Species”

    Reliance on only few crops to meet dietary requirements and high cost of commonly consumed fruits and vegetables are driving forces behind the hidden hunger in Africa. The nutrient contents of some underutilized leafy vegetables, fruits, herbal plants and seed oils in Oyo and Osun states of Nigeria were reported.

    All the leafy vegetables have higher protein content than the exotic Amaranthus species which are widely consumed, Jatropha tanjorensis have the highest quantity of iron, Morinda lucida had highest amount of manganese and calcium among herbal plants, the Vitamin C in Strychnos spinosa is five times higher than in orange fruit while Cola millenii had highest concentration of both eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) among the seed oils.

    The results established a basis for continuous evaluation of the agrobiodiversity to identify food crops that could prevent hidden hunger and enhance sustainable livelihoods.

    Dr (Mrs) M.O Bello, the presenter, is an Associate Professor of Applied Chemistry at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. She has 14 years of experience in teaching basic and applied chemistry at graduate level. Her area of research is underutilized plants for their nutritional and industrial potentials.

    Admission is free. Come lets share knowledge.



  • United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)

    2nd Floor, International House,

    Annie Jiagge Road University of Ghana Campus

    Legon-Accra Ghana