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What is “Famine Food”? Distinguishing Between Traditional Vegetables and Special Foods for Times of Hunger/Scarcity (Boumba, Niger)

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  1. This definition was adapted from Kuhnlein and Receveur’s (1996) definition of traditional food systems.

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Acknowledgements

This research would not have been possible with out the generous support of the Boumba community, including specifically Lt. Abdoullaye Soumana, Lt. Ide Matchido and Hassan Kobia. We thank Mlle. Haouaou Noma, Prof. Pearl Robinson, Prof. Mahamane Saadou, Alpha Yacouba, Dommo Djabou and Mamou Mounkaila for their assistance in research logistics and the first author’s PhD advisory committee for their continued support and guidance. The fieldwork was funded by the Anne S. Chatham Fellowship (Garden Club of America), Tufts Institute of the Environment, the Switzer Foundation, Graduate Women in Science and Tufts Graduate School. The first author is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Henry R. Luce Program funding support for conference travel which facilitated discussion of earlier drafts of this paper.

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Muller, J., Almedom, A.M. What is “Famine Food”? Distinguishing Between Traditional Vegetables and Special Foods for Times of Hunger/Scarcity (Boumba, Niger). Hum Ecol 36, 599–607 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-008-9179-0

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Keywords

  • Food Insecurity
  • Food Shortage
  • Ecological Resilience
  • Cultural Domain
  • Staple Diet