Agriculture & Food Security is a peer-reviewed open access that addresses the challenge of global food security. It is within the field of food security research, with a particular focus on research that may inform more sustainable agriculture and food systems that better address local, regional, national and/or global food and nutritional insecurity. It considers cutting-edge contributions across the breadth of relevant academic disciplines, including agricultural, ecological, environmental, nutritional, and socio-economic sciences, public health and policy. The scope includes, but is not limited to: Agricultural and environmental sciences, including genetics and systems ecology Animal husbandry, fisheries science and plant science […]
The tomato is a major vegetable crop that has achieved tremendous popularity over the last century. It is grown in practically every country of the world – in outdoor fields, greenhouses and net houses. The tomato plant is very versatile and the crop can be divided into two categories; fresh market tomatoes and processing tomatoes. In cases, world production and consumption has grown quite rapidly over the past 25 years.
Snails are one of the most underrated commodities on the African market. Apart from the meat which is high in protein and calcium and gives your taste board that elongated savory experience, the mucus of snails has high molecular weight glycoproteins and antioxidants which work some magic on your skin. Over 460, 000 metric tons of snails is sold globally with an estimated value of eleven billion US dollars, and a liter of slime from Helix aspera (the common garden snail species) is worth about a hundred euros at the European market or eighty-six pounds sterling in Great Britain.
Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches can actually be very clean and tasty insects, especially if they are fed on fresh fruits and vegetables. They can be eaten toasted, fried, sauced, or boiled. Of a truth and fact, Cockroaches have a taste and texture like greasy chicken.
Ginger is one of those seasonings that adds something special to anything it’s in. Whether ginger is the dominant flavor, like in gingerbread, or whether it serves as that intriguing hint of spice in a stir fry or stew, it offers a nice combination of sweet and spicy that pleases the palate. But surely something that good must be used in moderation, right? Nope. Turns out, daily consumption of ginger offers all sorts of health benefits. Even if you don’t like the flavor, you may want to start taking supplements.
In several parts of the world from East Asia to West Africa, various types of ants, worms and insects have been popular delicacies. When we see a lot of these animals around us, they do not look like what we would order at a restaurant, but when raised cleanly and prepared with a good recipe, they are some of the tastiest sources of protein.
Moringa (Moringa spp.) is one of the world’s most useful plants with one of the highest nutritional contents of any plant known in the world. It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree that is native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India. It is a fast-growing tree and is grown throughout the tropics. The most widely cultivated species is Moringa Oleifera, a multipurpose tree, and usually called the Miracle tree for good reason. Common names include Moringa, drumstick tree, from the appearance of the long, slender, triangular seed pods, horseradish tree, from the taste of the roots which resembles […]
One of the popular ways to increase crop yield is the application of fertilizers, either organic or inorganic or at times, the combination of both called organo-mineral. However, the application of fertilizers has basic concept farmers must understand before starting the operation. Fertilizer is a separate entity and not a major factor for plant growth, though it’s a prerequisite. What makes it optional is the information that fertilizers are not needed in all cases, only in a condition when found deficient in the soil through the signs exhibited by the plants. Application of fertilizer can be good and at the same […]
Nigeria produces approximately 8million metric tonnes of maize per year. Maize is one of the most versatile emerging crops having wider conditions. Globally, maize is known as the queen of cereals because it has the highest genetic yield potential among the cereals. It is cultivated on nearly 150m ha in about 160 countries have a wider diversity of soil, climate, biodiversity and management practices that contributes 36% (782MT) in the global grain production.
Proteins are large bio-molecules that consist of one or more long chains of amino acid residues. They perform an array of functions that are germane to growth and development of organisms [see]. Proteins supply macro-nutrients needed for building of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood in an organism. Eating protein-rich food guarantees the supply of amino acids for building up the body. Although proteins are important in human diets, and should be consumed in adequate quantity, it is important to be mindful of the type of protein one consumes. Broadly, protein-rich foods can either be from animal or plant origins. […]
Agriculture is extremely vulnerable to climate change, but it also produces about 14% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. There is consensus that climate change will have a significant impact on agriculture in developing countries. Even a 2°C rise in the mean global temperature by the year 2100, which is regarded as an optimistic scenario, will radically change the face of farming. So far agriculture has been on the fringes of negotiations, despite it being a role player in any future legally binding agreement. But because it stands so central to climate change, voices are getting stronger that agriculture […]
Bird. An adult male chicken is called a “rooster” and an adult female is called a “hen.” Roosters are larger, usually more brightly colored, and have larger combs on top of their heads compared to hens. Chickens can fly but because they are heavy, they can only go about 60 meters (200 ft). They have bad senses of smell and taste, but good hearing. They scratch and claw at the ground, looking for food. Baby chicks can eat and walk without help soon after hatching but they still need help keeping warm. Hens lay up to 240 eggs in a […]
When people start to think about the ecosystem and nature as a whole, many don’t fully grasp the importance of relying on other species. Everything on earth is connected, whether we realize it or not. Human survival doesn’t rely on humans alone — the human species depends on tons of other life forms to stay in existence.
Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) describes a situation whereby all people have physical, social, and economic access to food, which is safe and consumed in sufficient quantities to provide them with their dietary requirement for a healthy and active life. It is a central concept that can be explored from the perspective of activities in the horticultural sector of agriculture . A country is food secure when its people have access to nutrient-rich food in the physical, social and economic terms to meet their dietary requirements. Nigeria has a total population of about 20 million with varying demographics across its […]
Grapefruit, whose botanical name means “fruit of paradise,” is a relative of the orange, with segmented, juicy flesh and a clean, tangy flavor. These fruits are categorized as red, pink or white by their interior color. While all colors of grapefruit carry a wealth of health benefits, red grapefruit may be most beneficial of all. Low in calories, high in fiber and phytonutrients, grapefruit is a healthy dietary choice. If you take prescription medications, especially statin drugs, avoid undesirable interactions by consulting your doctor before eating grapefruit.