RECIPE BOOK Preparation of Neglected and Underutilised Species.

This unique Recipe Book was developed by ESAFF Uganda to highlight the preparation of Neglected and Underutilized Species with the goal to increase the consumption of local food plants and contribute to improving nutrition. Small-scale farmers from the West Nile, Lango, and Teso sub-regions provided the data for the Recipe book.

The recipe book includes several preparation techniques for locally grown food plants that can be used both as food and medicine, as well as therapeutic fruits that can be taken during a time of scarcity. These techniques not only preserve the nutritional makeup of the food plants but also improve their flavour and highlight their nutritional and therapeutic significance.

Due to the increasing effects of climate change and prior wars that had an impact on the farming practices in the region, these areas experience high levels of hunger and malnutrition. Similar to the rest of the nation, these regions have a variety of locally grown and wild nutritious foods that can be used to fight hunger and malnutrition, but they are often disregarded by the communities due to cultural norms, religious convictions, or just a lack of knowledge about their advantages and preparation, particularly among the younger generations.

In the future, we hope to continue adding more local food plants in this Recipe Book and also translate it into local languages.

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