Africa Can Feed Africa
In drought-prone regions of Africa where rainfall water is scarce for months or years the desert date produces fruit to feed families.
The African desert date is one example of Africa’s naturally drought-resistant trees across the driest parts of Africa.
|African desert dates are drought-tolerant |
plants providing food in Africa's drought-prone countries.
In the first seven months of 2014, more than 87,000 people arrived in Italy by sea, mainly from Eritrea and Syria and as the refugee crisis looms more people leave their homes to escape conflict, drought, and poverty.
The slow-growing desert date fruits turn from green to yellow when ripe. The desert date supplies many people with nourishment and folk medicine when food sources and medicines are scarce. The fruit pulp is bitter but edible. The desert date seed is rich in oil an important source of fatty acids and carbohydrates.
Ethiopian pastoralist children walk in the arid lands of Dire Dawa.
Photo by Aysha House-Moshi, USAID
Greater focus is needed on studies for the cultivation of the desert date throughout desert climates. Desert drylands, arid, semi-arid, and sub-humid areas with seasonal, often unpredictable rains account for about 41 percent of the world’s land mass. The desert date has the potential to provide resources that could help broaden and secure Africa's food supply.
|Desert Date Tree|
Greater focus is needed on the cultivation of the desert date throughout desert climates for carbon farming and food security. The desert date is indeed one example of Africa’s’ naturally drought resistant trees that could be a game changer across the driest parts of Africa helping Africa feed Africa.