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A major revamp for minor millets

There are many parts of the world where the fashion in food, and the crops grown, have changed. In the southernmost tip of India, small millets, such as finger millet (Eleusine coracana), foxtail millet (Setaria italica) and little millet (Panicum sumatrense) were once the favoured food. Unresponsive to fertilizer, however...

Peanuts get the Generation treatment

From its origins in central South America, the peanut has spread far and wide to become one of the most extensively grown grain legumes in the world. The nutritious qualities first recognised by Brazilian Indians thousands of years ago guaranteed its passage to Asia and Africa, where it is now a key crop for smallscale farmers. But...

Vanilla: the scent of success

A brown paper is pulled back to reveal a tight bundle of glistening, deep brown vanilla pods. Fred Ssango, managing director of the Kampala-based farmer advisory group Agribusiness Management Associates (AMA) evidently never tires of the delicious fragrance. "You can smell the aroma," he sniffs. "This is the...

1st March 2006