Bambara groundnut: Africa’s key to food and nutrition security

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Food and nutrition insecurity is a major challenge facing the global community. To fill the food and nutrition security gap in a world with a population predicted to exceed 9 billion by 2050, IITA-CGIAR is focused on generating agricultural innovations that contribute to food and nutrition security.

Nutrition insecurity in the developing world has been linked to the high cost of protein foods and the low nutritional quality of some of the traditional foods that provide daily meals for millions in Africa. Fortified foods are not readily available for most families due to the high poverty level.

One of the crops that fit the bill for adequate nutrient and mineral composition and can help eradicate food and nutritional insecurity if adopted into the major food systems is the Bambara groundnut (BGN).

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