19.Kenyan woman-Credit: Bioversity International P. Maundu

19.Marlene Elias

Women selling cowpea – a type of African leafy vegetable – in a market in Kenya

Women selling cowpea – a type of African leafy vegetable – in a market. A number of wild cowpea species (Vigna spp.) in Africa contribute directly to food security through consumption of their tubers, fruit and seeds.

Until recently, traditional African leafy vegetables were considered by many to be inferior to and less fashionable than introduced vegetables such as cabbage and kale.

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