Knowledge for Development

Indigenous Food Plants Programme, Kenya: UNESCO Best Practices on Indigenous Knowledge


Date: 21/09/2011


The Indigenous Food Plants Programme was initiated by the National Museums of Kenya in 1989, and has been implemented with the help of two NGOs and local communities in ten districts of Kenya. The aim is:

  • to compile a database of the indigenous food plants of Kenya, through research in the field and at the East African Herbarium;
  • to compile agronomic, nutritional, cultural and market data on priority species;
  • to promote the cultivation, consumption and marketing of these foods through field demonstrations, educational materials and the media.