Amaranth is a very popular traditional leafy vegetable. It is consumed in most parts of South Africa and in Africa. Amaranth leaves are a good source of iron and beta-carotene. It is traditionally wild harvested but can be cultivated with great success.  In cultivation, amaranth proves to be quite drought tolerant and can be grown under low input environments, making amaranth the ideal crop for small holder farmers. The ARC is concentrating on the molecular and agro-morphological characterization of various amaranth species and is also using participatory breeding methodologies to identify genotypes for cultivation with the aid of the small holder farmers.

Conducting focus group discussions in various areas

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