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Ethnobotany

SAKPERE, AYOBOLA [1], AJAYI, ADEDAYO [2].

Awareness and Acceptability of Some Indigenous Leafy Vegetables in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

There has been a lot of studies on indigenous leafy vegetables (ILV’s) and their benefits in recent times.  The objective of this survey was to determine the awareness and acceptability of some of these Vegetables among respondents from Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria and its environs. A self-administered questionnaire was completed by 275 respondents and used to collect qualitative and quantitative data.   The attitude of respondents based on willingness to consume the vegetables varied considerably. The results suggest that the willingness to consume certain vegetables may be based on awareness of the vegetables and their benefits.  Clerodendrum volubile that is not well known had the highest number of respondents unwilling to consume the vegetable.  A greater number of those that are aware of the vegetables actually consume them to some degree.  The survey also shows that the vegetables are less known among the younger generation most of whom were extremely unwilling to consume the vegetables if introduced to them. There is also a dearth of knowledge flow from the older generation to the younger.   In conclusion, there is a need to create awareness among the younger generation in order to preserve the ethno-botanical and food security relevance of these vegetables.  The information obtained from this study could provide researchers with information to assist in the development of improved varieties and provide ideas for developing communication strategies to assist in creating increased awareness of ILV’s among Nigerians.


1 - Obafemi Awolowo University, Department Of Botany, Department Of Botany, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, OS, 220005, Nigeria
2 - Obafemi Awolowo University, Department of Agricultural Extension, Ile-Ife, 220005, Nigeria

Keywords:
Food security
Vegetables
Consumption
Attitude.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Number:
Abstract ID:544
Candidate for Awards:None


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