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Hussein Shimelis

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Discipline of Crop Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Alfred Odindo

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S. Z. Tesfay

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Horticultural Science, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg 3209, South Africa

Tendai P. Chibarabada

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Crop Science, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Vuledzani Ndou

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Article 2 Reads 0 Citations Developing a Roadmap for Improving Neglected and Underutilized Crops: A Case Study of South Africa Vimbayi G. P. Chimonyo, Tendai P. Chibarabada, Albert T. Mod... Published: 14 December 2017
Frontiers in Plant Science, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.02143
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Reports of neglected and underutilized crops' (NUS) potential remain mostly anecdotal with limited and often incoherent research available to support them. This has been attributed to lack of clear research goals, limited funding directed at NUS and journal apathy toward publishing work on NUS. The latter points also explain the lack of interest from emerging and established researchers. Additionally, the NUS community's inability to articulate a roadmap for NUS' promotion may have unintentionally contributed to this. The current study is a sequel to an initial study that assessed the status of NUS in South Africa. The objective of this follow-up study was then to (i) identify priority NUS, and (ii) articulate a strategy and actionable recommendations for promoting NUS in South Africa. The study identified 13 priority NUS, categorized into cereals, legumes, root, and tuber crops and leafy vegetables based on drought and heat stress tolerance and nutritional value. It is recommended that the available limited resources should be targeted on improving these priority NUS as they offer the best prospects for success. Focus should be on developing value chains for the priority NUS. This should be underpinned by science to provide evidence-based outcomes. This would assist to attract more funding for NUS research, development and innovation in South Africa. It is envisaged that through this roadmap, NUS could be transformed from the peripheries into mainstream agriculture. This study provides a template for developing a roadmap for promoting NUS that could be transposed and replicated among the 14 other southern African states.
Article 2 Reads 0 Citations Effect of soil fertility and maturity stages at harvest on maize yield under rain-fed conditions Dolapo B. Akinnuoye-Adelabu, Albert T. Modi Published: 20 September 2017
Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, doi: 10.1080/03650340.2017.1372572
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Article 2 Reads 2 Citations Status of Underutilised Crops in South Africa: Opportunities for Developing Research Capacity Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi, Vimbayi G. P. Chimonyo, Albert T. M... Published: 06 September 2017
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su9091569
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Underutilised crops represent an important component of agro-biodiversity with potential to contribute to climate change adaptation, food security and sovereignty in poor rural areas. However, despite emerging research interest, they continue to occupy the peripheries of mainstream agriculture. There is a need to consolidate the gains made and propose a coherent strategy for translating underutilised crops into mainstream agriculture. The status of underutilised crops in South Africa (past, present and on-going research) was reviewed with a view to identifying existing gaps, opportunities and challenges for developing future research capacity. The review confirmed that several underutilised crops are drought tolerant, adapted to low levels of water use and thus suitable for cultivation in most marginal production areas typical of semi-arid and arid cropping systems. In addition, several are nutrient dense and could be used to improve dietary diversity among poor rural people. These characteristics make them ideal for inclusion in climate change adaptation and promotion of food sovereignty. There is need for a paradigm shift away from practices that have promoted a few major crops to an agro-ecology based land use classification system that recognises diversity and strengthens food networks. There is a need to identify those underutilised crops that show the greatest potential for success and can be fitted into semi-arid and arid cropping systems and prioritise them for future research, development and innovation.
Article 3 Reads 1 Citation Calibration and testing of AquaCrop for selected sorghum genotypes Sandile T. Hadebe, Albert T. Modi, Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi Published: 21 April 2017
doi: 10.4314/wsa.v43i2.05
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Article 3 Reads 3 Citations Expounding the Value of Grain Legumes in the Semi- and Arid Tropics Tendai P. Chibarabada, Albert T. Modi, Tafadzwanashe Mabhaud... Published: 01 January 2017
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su9010060
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Approximately 70% of the population in the semi- and arid tropics reside in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Crop production is primarily focused on a few starchy staple crops. While this can ensure adequate calories, it inadvertently neglects the need for dietary diversity. Consequently, food and nutritional insecurity remains prevalent in the semi- and arid tropics. We reviewed the legume value chain with the aim to identify opportunities and challenges to unlocking their value and promoting them in the tropics. Several grain legumes are rich in proteins and micronutrients. They also possess adaptability to marginal environmental conditions such as drought and low input systems which typify rural landscapes. Adaptability to abiotic stresses such as drought makes them key to agriculture in areas that will receive less rainfall in the future. However, this potential was currently not being realized due to a range of challenges. Aspects related to their seed systems, production, post-harvest handling and marketing remain relatively under-researched. This was especially true for minor legumes. There is a need for trans-disciplinary research which will address the entire value chain, as has been done for major starchy crops. This could also unlock significant economic opportunities for marginalized groups such as women. This will unlock their value and allow them to contribute meaningfully to food and nutrition security as well as sustainable and resilient cropping systems.
Article 5 Reads 1 Citation A Comparative Study on Antioxidant Potential of Selected African and Exotic Leafy Vegetables Samson Zeray Tesfay, Sakhile Mathe, Albert T. Modi, Tafadzwa... Published: 01 December 2016
HortScience, doi: 10.21273/HORTSCI11161-16
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