The team from the CZU, namely Vladimír Verner, Radim Kotrba, Zbyněk Polesný, Jan Staš from FTZ and Miloslav Petrtýl from FAPPZ, is currently conducting fieldwork in the Western Province of Zambia. The activities are realized in the frame of implementation of two development projects, namely "Integrated Farming II" led by Mendel University in Brno and "Agribussines4LIFE “ led by Charita Czech Republic.
Building on a literature review and cross-country project experiences, the new paper proposed an integrated approach to use and conserve wild food plants for nutrition and food security.
Wild food plants are often highly nutritious but under-consumed at the same time. A new paper published in the special issue of the journal Foods looked at trends in the use of wild food plants in West Sumatra. The study documented 106 types of wild food plants (85 species) and identified the barriers as well as motivations for the use of these foods among Minangkabau and Mandailing communities. The drivers of change were discussed and the authors suggested take an integrated approach to their sustainable use, which could improve nutrition while conserving biological and cultural diversity.
The paper published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology ivestigated the traditional use of medicinal plants in Bié, Angola.