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The Journal of Food Technology in Africa
Innovative Institutional Communications
ISSN: 1028-6098
Vol. 6, No. 3, 2001, pp. 74-77
Bioline Code: ft01020
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Food Technology in Africa, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2001, pp. 74-77

 en Cultivation and use of African yam bean ( Sphenostylis stenocarpa check for this species in other resources ) in the Volta Region of Ghana
G. Y. P. KIu, H. M. Amoatey, D. Bansa and F. K. Kumaga

Abstract

The African yam bean ( Sphenostylis stenocarpa Hochst ex A. Rich check for this species in other resources ) is a leguminous crop found in the Volta Region of Ghana. Three expeditions were undertaken in the region between September 1998 and March 1999 to investigate the extent of cultivation and use of the bean as the basis for research into its development and promotion as a major crop. Its cultivation is currently localized around Nkwanta and Ho West Districts. It is grown as a minor crop in mixed association with yam and cassava. It is used extensively in various dietary preparations and has potential for supplementing the protein requirements of many families throughout the year. Its current low status as a minor crop means that this potential is largely unexploited. Research efforts are required to improve its agronomic characteristics and promote its cultivation and use as a major crop.

Keywords
African yam bean, food security, Ghana, legume, pulse, Sphenostylis stenocarpa, under-exploited crop

 
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