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Peas 'n' Chips: Creating food security with African yam bean

6:00pm-7:15pm on Friday 26 March
12:00pm-9:00pm on Friday 26 March

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African Yam Bean is a tuberous legume plant that produces beans on top and tubers under the ground, hence Peas 'n' Chips.

The pandemic reassured the importance of food security, and tuberous legumes such as African Yam Bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) could help addressing it. 

Dr Nadia Radzman at Sainsbury Lab and Dr Curie Park at Institute for Manufacturing, Engineering Department will showcase their interdisciplinary research project (funded by Global Challenge Research Fund, Research England) about this wonderful yet forgotten native African crop to raise awareness about its great potential to enhance food resilience in Africa in the time of extreme weather and climate change.

This indigenous tuberous legume plant provides multiple benefits: both beans and roots are edible and naturally high quality protein and carbohydrate for human consumption; it replenishes soil with nitrogen fixing; more resistant to draught than soya or maize; the leaves and stems make a great animal feed. The 20% protein in tuber, and 22 – 25% in the edible beans makes it a superior alternative to other sources such cassava 2% or maize 5.4%. The current consumption of carbohydrate-intensive-low-protein diet is causing malnutrition problems stunting 32% of children under 5 years old in Africa. However, these crops are often forgotten by the locals due to the global trend of crop homogeneity, hence greatly understudied despite its benefits and potential.

Collaborating with the plant scientists in Nigeria, the project focuses on rehabilitating AYB working on the physiology of stable tuber development, and sustainable business model development for wider dissemination among the local farmers and consumers in Nigeria.

Join Nadia and Curie for an introductory online talk, then head to Eko Kitchen, Cambridge’s beloved African restaurant, for a window exhibition of beautiful botanic illustrations, plant smaples and much more! Perfectly safe to observe from the street. Why not join in? Dreaming of a brighter future of food security with AYB?

Please adhere to government COVID-19 guidelines relating to travel and distancing when viewing the window exhibition at Eko Kitchen.


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You can also visit our Window museum at the Eko Kitchen, 8 Norfolk Street

Please adhere to government COVID guidelines relating to travel and distancing.

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Timing: Live Stream
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: Webinar: zoom capacity (up to 200)
Theme: Environment

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