chapter  6
18 Pages

Sustained and integrated promotion of local, traditional food systems for nutrition security

ByIFEYIRONWA FRANCISCA SMITH

The greatest biodiversity is found in developing countries where poor communities rely greatly upon agricultural biodiversity for their foods and livelihood (Hobblink, 2004). Thus maintaining the viability of developing countries’ local food systems which contain immense agricultural biodiversity remains one sustainable way of ensuring food and nutrition security for resource-poor populations. Padulosi et al. (2009) furthermore highlighted that the larger the agricultural biodiversity basket available to farmers and value chain actors, the greater will be their capacity to effectively and sustainably meet the environmental challenges of climate change.