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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

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Facts about cowpeas

18 Cowpea facts, Cowpeas are commonly referred to as black-eyed pea or niébé. Read cowpeas also known as black-eyed peas listing of facts.

 

Facts about black-eyed peas also known as cowpeas.

Cowpeas Black-eyed peas listing of facts. 

1. Cowpea is an important staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in arid Savannahs of West Africa and the Sahel. 

2. Cowpeas are a valuable source of vegetable protein, vitamins as well as valuable income. 

3. Western and Central Africa is the leading cowpea producing regions in the world producing around 64 percent of the estimated 3 million tons of cowpea seed produced each year. 

4. Nigeria is the world’s leading cowpea producing country; Senegal, Niger, Ghana, Mali, Cameroon and Burkina Faso are significant also significant producers. 

5. Niébé is a variety of cowpea grown by many women small farmers, throughout West Africa. 

6. Black-eyed peas get their name from their characteristic appearance of a black dot in the middle of a cream colored bean. 

7. The black-eyed pea is believed to have been introduced to the United States through the African slave trade. 

8. Black-eyed peas are said to bring good luck when eaten on New Year's Day in the Southern US. 

9. The peas represent good luck, and are served with collard greens that represent money. 

10. Black-eyed peas are full potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. 

11. Niébé is a variety of cowpea; the drought-resistant bean thrives even in the dry, arid soils of the Sahel. 

12. The niébé bean improves soil quality in the Sahel by fixing nutrients since its nitrogen requirements low; its roots form nodules that contribute to the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen. 

13. Approximately 80% of the atmosphere is nitrogen gas but most of it is unusable by most living organisms. 

14. The niébé beans as does most legumes convert unusable nitrogen into a form usable by plants. This is a good thing because plants, animals and microorganisms can die of nitrogen deficiency. 

Black-eyed peas or cowpeas originated from West Africa.

15. Cowpeas are the most important seed legume in the tropical Savannah areas of Africa.

16. Black-eyed peas or cowpeas are grown and eaten extensively in Asia, South and Central America, the Caribbean, the United States, the Middle East and Southern Europe.

17. Cowpea plays an important role in the livelihoods of many rural families in Africa, Latin America and Asia by providing nutrients deficient in cereals.

18. Cowpeas provide the bulk of proteins and vitamins such as folic acid, micro-elements such as iron, calcium, zinc and also carbohydrates in many food deprived areas of the world.


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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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