Promotion of native and orphan crops

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 10 September 2022 03:20

Description of the innovative solution

Farmers Traditional food Nutritious food Indigenous crops Regulatory protection Agricultural development Agricultural extension Public-awareness campaign Behavior change Diet diversity Capacity building

There is a rich pool of native or orphan crops, fruits and vegetables that are currently underutilized and produced in very limited areas. This innovation is a whole value chain approach to promote the production, processing, and consumption of local underutilized, culturally appropriate crops to benefit farmers, diets, and the environment and make them desirable for both farmers and consumers. The innovation covers making improved production practices available for these crops, to creating market demand and supporting initiatives to make more easily accessible, desirable food products derived from these crops. This innovation will also help to identify drought resistant crops, fruits and vegetables and serve as a hedge against climate change.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level

Gaining traction


Food quality Climate adaptation Increasing agrobiodiversity

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 13: Climate Action



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Prospects of orphan crops in climate change
Scientific paper
scoping review identifying orphan crops that contribute to (1) sustainable and healthy food systems, (2) genetic resources for future crop improvement, and (3) improving agricultural sustainability under climate change


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