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Plant Domestication for Enhanced Food Security

  • Sognigbe N’DanikouEmail author
  • Dedeou Apocalypse Tchokponhoue
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Domestication is defined as a genetic selection process exerted – consciously or unconsciously – by humans to adapt wild plants and animals to cultivation and herding, respectively (Gepts and Papa 2002). In simple terms, plant domestication is the bringing into cultivation of a wild plant. It is a gradual transition that takes time and involves a number of steps, commonly viewed as a continuum from gathering, tendering, and cultivation to domestication (Gepts et al. 2012; Possingham 1990; Clement 1999; Dempewolf et al. 2008; Hammer and Khoshbakht 2015).


Goal #2 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. This calls for innovative agricultural solutions worldwide, in order to feed the projected 8.5 billion people for the referred year. Different agricultural development models have been tested and used globally, including the green...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sognigbe N’Danikou
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Dedeou Apocalypse Tchokponhoue
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Genetics, Horticulture and Seed ScienceUniversity of Abomey-CalaviAbomey-CalaviBenin
  2. 2.Bioversity International, West and Central Africa OfficeCotonouBenin
  3. 3.Discipline of Plant Breeding, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalScottsville, PietermaritzburgSouth Africa

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