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Enset: Miracle Crop of Ethiopia

Enset is a staple food crop that grows in the less arid highlands of the southwestern region of Ethiopia. Enset contributes to improved food security for approximately 15 million Ethiopians and, according to Ethiopian researchers, there is potential for expanding consumption of the crop. The starchy stem of the plant is consumed but the entire plant is used for everything from roofing to packaging to cultural ceremony. Often overlooked by international agronomists and the development community, enset is a key to food security in the region. Dr. Tadesse Kippie, one of the major experts and champions of the crop, is featured in this video.