The research is funded by the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR). Its main objective is to create knowledge, political dialogue and collaboration, enhancing the link between agro-biodiversity conservation, nutrition and health in sub-Saharan Africa. The project involves a wide network of local partners in Tanzania and Kenya, including universities, research centers, public institutions and Slow Food.
SCIENTIFIC MANAGER: Paolo Corvo
OTHER UNISG RESEARCHERS INVOLVED: Andrea Pieroni, Rachele Ellena, Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco, Gabriele Volpato, Dauro Mattia Zocchi
PARTNERSHIP: European Centre for Development Policy Management – Maastricht (Netherland), University of Milan Bicocca (Italy), Catholic University of Sacred Heart – Milano (Italy), University of Pavia (Italy)
DURATION OF THE PROJECT: 43 months
FUNDING INSTRUMENT: Italian Ministry of University and Research – Special Supplementary Fund for Research 2016
MAIN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREA IN UNISG: Environment
The project aims to sustain and promote the production, marketing and consumption of the so-called “neglected and underutilized species” (NUS), also known as ”orphan crops”. These are wild species, local varieties and ecotypes that are common in developing countries but are rarely found in other parts of the world. They have been limitedly studied and their economic potential has not been valorized.
Historically NUS have played a crucial role within traditional agricultural systems in guaranteeing food security and sovereignty, in preserving biodiversity and in generating income and employment sources for local communities.
Despite this, these species are not able to fully develop their potential due to the lack of awareness of their real value and the marketing constraints both at local and international level. The project aims at providing theoretical and methodological tools to overcome these difficulties adopting an interdisciplinary approach. The research will be carried out in Tanzania (Arusha and Iringa district) and Kenya (Nakuru district).
As part of the SASS project, the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo has carried out a careful anthropological and ethnobotanical analysis of the gastronomic landscapes of the sample areas. The research team has investigated the production and consumption practices of these areas, identifying and cataloging the NUS of vegetal, fungal and animal origin as well as the ways that are formally and informally exchanged.
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Zocchi, D.M., Volpato, G., Chalo, D., Mutiso, P., Fontefrancesco M.F. (2020). Expanding the reach: ethnobotanical knowledge and technological intensification in beekeeping among the Ogiek of the Mau Forest, Kenya. Journal of Ethnobiology Ethnomedicine 16, 57(2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/
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Fontefrancesco & Lekanayia, 2018, Meanings and taboos in traditional gastronomy of Maasai communities in Kajiado County, Kenya, Antrocom Online Journal of Anthropology vol. 14. n. 1 (2018) 77-85 – ISSN 1973– 2880
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Zocchi, D.M., Fontefrancesco, M.F. (2020). Traditional Products and New Developments in the Restaurant Sector in East Africa. The Case Study of Nakuru County, Kenya. Frontier Sustainability Food System, 4:599138.
Zocchi, D.M., Piochi, M., Cabrino, G., Fontefrancesco, M.F., Torri, L. (2020). Linking producers’ and consumers’ perceptions in the valorisation of non-timber forest products: An analysis of Ogiek forest honey. Food Research International, Vol. 137, p.109417
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