Knowledge for Development

S&T Organisations / Web resources

African Food Staples

The website offers an alphabetic list of the 31 most common food staples, vegetables, herbs and spices in Africa. Under each product/staple is information concerning origin and use. Some historical information is also added under most of them.


Silvertorch: Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs and Seasonings of the Caribbean

This website is an online index and provides a list of important plants from the Caribbean, including their species names, health benefits, uses and history.


Plants of Southern Africa

There are more than 22,000 different species of seed plants indigenous to southern Africa. These are arranged into about 2,180 genera, which in turn form part of 227 families. Some of the more popular plants are described on this site.


Resources to track botanical literature on the Web

The Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog posted a useful reminder to anyone looking online for scientific resources on ethnobotany and germplasm collection. The post has a link to a webpage maintained by the University of Kent listing a comprenhensive compilation of online databases, search engines, checklists, image galleries, etc., meant for students in ethnobotany. This page is an overview of where to find complete plant names, conservation status and uses, citations and references managers.For the germsplasm collector, also points to the Crop Genebank Knowledge Base and its page on 'Published sources of information on wild plant species' which is synthesis of new knowledge, procedures, best practices and references for collecting plant diversity. It explains how and where to check taxonomy/species name, digitized botanical literature and flora guides.(, 9/10/2012)


TRAMIL Programme of Applied Research to Popular Medicine in the Caribbean

TRAMIL is a programme of applied research for traditional popular medicine in the Caribbean. It aims to rationalize health practices based on the use of medicinal plants. This ethnopharmacological research has been extended to practically all the territories that are related to the Caribbean Sea, throughout the uniform survey methodology.