Wild fruits play an important role in mitigating hunger in the developing world. As a sustainable and natural food source in rural areas, these fruits have a strong effect on regional food security and poverty alleviation. This makes the utilization of wild foods incredibly important for native populations both in terms of food security and economics. There are many traditional methods for wild fruit harvesting, indigenous tree and plant domestication and cultivation passed down through generations that are sustainable and economically viable, ultimately contributing to a better quality of life for large sections of the developing world. To date there has not been a reference work focusing on the full scope of wild fruits from their growth and chemical makeup to their harvest, distribution, health effects and beyond. Wild Fruits: Composition, Nutritional Value and Products adequately fills this gap, expansively covering the utilization of multi-purpose wild fruits in regions worldwide. Effects on quality of life, food security, economics and health are extensively covered. Over 31 wild fruit species are examined, with individual chapters focusing on each species' phytochemical constituents, bioactive compounds, traditional and medicinal uses and chemical composition. Harvest, post-harvest and consumption methods are covered for each, as are their overall effect on the food security and economics of their native regions. This book is essential for researchers in search of a comprehensive singular source for the chemical makeups and cultivation of indigenous wild fruits and their many benefits to their native regions.
Proceedings of the Twenty fifth International Horticultural Congress
1378 references to literature dealing with native medical systems in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Mostly English-language books, journal articles, dissertations, and papers presented, but other languages are included also. Author and country or area indexes.
Primary health care, as defined at the International Conference on Primary Health Care (Alma-Ata.1978) is the key to attaining Health for All by the Year 2000 which is a goal engaging every nation of the world to improve health. Protecting the contribution of plants for the present and future health of mankind involves action on different fronts such as economic, scientific, environmental and promotional. This book is the record of the WHO symposium highlighting the importance of plants to mankind and emphasizing the role that plants play in maintaining the balance of our ecosystem.