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|Title: ||Utilizing cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) for food and nutrition security: A review|
|Authors: ||Boakye, Abena A.|
Wireko-Manu, F. D.
Ellis, William O.
Chronakis, Ioannis S.
|Keywords: ||adaptable technologies|
|Issue Date: ||Jan-2018|
|Publisher: ||Food Science and Nutrition|
|Citation: ||Food Science and Nutrition, 2018;6:703–713|
|Abstract: ||The critical role of indigenous crops in the socioeconomic growth of developing nations has necessitated calls for accelerated exploitation of staples. Cocoyam,
Xanthosoma sagittifolium, is food for over 400 million people worldwide and is the
most consumed aroid in West Africa. However, it remains an underexploited food resource. This study reviews existing literature and also makes use of primary data from
interviews with indigenous cocoyam farmers, processors, consumers, and cocoyam
scientists in the research Institutes of Ghana, to provide insight into existing nomenclature of the species, indigenous knowledge on food uses, nutritional value, and potential novel food applications of cocoyam. Adaptable technologies in conformity to
new trends in food science that could be employed for in-depth molecular studies and
further exploitation of the crop are also discussed. It is envisaged that the provided
information would contribute to global efforts aimed at exploiting the full potential of
indigenous crops for sustainable food and nutrition security|
|Description: ||This article is published in Food and Science and Nutrition and also available at DOI: 10.1002/fsn3.602|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Science|
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