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Promoting Non-Animal Protein Sources in Sub-Saharan Africa

An Interdisciplinary Study

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Edited By Sunday Paul Bako and Frank Olwari

The research results point to the need of sustaining plant protein sources to large populations in sub-Saharan Africa that have no access to meat. Proteins are essential components of the human body and therefore indispensable for human life. Malnutrition and diseases are often caused because of the lack of sufficient proteins. Since animal sources of protein are out of reach to more than 85% of the people of sub-Saharan Africa, the challenge is to make protein otherwise accessible, available and affordable to the ordinary man. Owing to the influence of climate change and population explosion, the situation at discussion will exacerbate within the coming decade. Therefore non-animal protein must be brought into focus in order to prevent major diseases of malnutrition.

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Foreword to the series (Baldur Ed. Pfeiffer and Franz-Theo Gottwaldt) 5

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Foreword to the Series The research findings published in the series Studies in sub-Saharan Africa have been promoted by SUPPORT AFRICA INTERNATIONAL and the Munich-based Schweisfurth Foundation. The articles and contributions are mainly research papers submitted to the annual call for the Research Award of Sustainable Agriculture and Biotechnology by the organizations mentioned above. There are also annual award calls in Ecology and Health/Medicine. The findings reflect the present state of research and development projects in the respective academic fields at universities in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors are independent scientists taking responsibility for their studies published. Publishing this series is to encourage institutional research and development at sub-Saharan universities. It appeals to members of academic departments, providing them with a platform to voice their concern. Though this series is open to a world-wide readership, it primarily aims at reaching the scientific world in sub-Saharan Africa. Baldur Ed. Pfeiffer Franz-Theo Gottwald Support Africa International Schweisfurth Foundation University of Eastern Africa, Kenya Humboldt University

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