The Society for Economic Botany

Fostering research and education on the past, present, and future uses of plants by people.

Special Issues

Our Society journal, Economic Botany, has issued a call for papers for its upcoming special issue on African Indigenous Vegetables. Dr. Alexandra Towns will be the guest editor.

After decades of neglect and underutilization, African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) are attracting more attention in academia, research centers, private industry, governments, and non-profits for their contributions to local diets and local livelihoods across Africa.

The goal of this special issue is to report on the latest research around African indigenous vegetables and will focus on the interdisciplinary approaches, solutions, and initiatives that bring these indigenous plant foods and the communities who eat them to the forefront in agriculture, conservation, economics, and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. Topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to: AIV consumption studies, AIV behavior change campaigns, AIV nutrient retention and bioavailability studies, AIV production field studies, AIV economic analyses, AIV seed development, and AIV value chain improvements.  Please contact the Editor-in-chief Bob Voeks or the Guest editor for this Special Issue Alexandra Towns about your potential contribution with a title and abstract.

Submission deadline is March 31, 2018

Photo Credit: AM Towns