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Kehinde, Iyabode [1], Akininlabi, Akinbiyi [2].

African yam bean ( sphenostylis stenocarpa) an underutilized crop with potentials for ameliorating food insecurity.

Many indigenous food crops of Africa showing promises in the amelioration of nutritional food insecurities are presently neglected and underutilized. African yam bean ( AYB) is one of such crops with tremendous nutritional potentials. It belongs to the class Magnoliopsida, Order Fabales, Family Fabaceae, Genus Sphenostylis.It is a crop of immense value as food, cash crop and medicine. AYB is not uncommon in Central and Western Africa, especially Southern Nigeria but the crop is gradually moving towards extinction. It's potentiality has earned it a place among the range of many indigenous food crops of Africa which promises to ameliorate nutritional food insecurities. Ironically, despite all it's potentials, AYB is presently a neglected and underutilized crop.Although it is often stated that only a few staple crops produce the majority of the food supply but it is worth noting that the important contribution of many minor crop species cannot and should not be underestimated.The problem of food insecurity and sustainability is a serious global concern, hence this review highlights the potentials of African yam bean as one of the crops needed to be improved upon for ameliorating food insecurity.

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1 - Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, Biological Sciences, P.m.b. 2240, Alabata Road, Abeokuta, Ogun State, 1100011, Nigeria
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African yam bean
Food security

Presentation Type: Recent Topics Poster
Session: P
Location: Grand Salon A - D/Riverside Hilton
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PRT042
Abstract ID:1339
Candidate for Awards:None

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