Rediscovering pride in agricultural heritage through cultivation of African Indigenous vegetables (AIVs) as climate acquiescent vegetables, immune and health in response to COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe

Nyasha Sakadzo(Manicaland state university of Applied sciences, P.Bag 7001, Mutare, Zimbabwe)
Rumbidzai Blessing Nhara(Great Zimbabwe State University, Department of Livestock, Wildlife and Fisheries, P. O. Box 1235, Masvingo, Zimbabwe)
Andrew Tapiwa Kugedera(Department of Agriculture Management, Masvingo Regional Centre, P. O. Box 1210, Masvingo, Zimbabwe)
Ashel Musara(Near East University Food Engineering Department, Lefkosa- Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC).)
Zakio Makuvara(Great Zimbabwe State University, School of Natural sciences, P. O. Box 1235, Masvingo, Zimbabwe)

Abstract


African Indigenous Vegetables are assert to cope with climate variability beside their great potential as both food and medicine in Zimbabwe. They can be easily grown in drought prone areas with low rainfall as they are resistant to adverse environmental factors. Inimitable opportunities are offered through cultivation of AIVs to diversify farming systems so as to ensure food security and are cheap alternatives as compared to their expensive exotic counterparts. Alternative approaches to reduce escalating numbers of current Covid-19 patients and death is to introduce nutrient intervention through rediscovering of pride in agriculture through cultivation and commercialisation of AIVs in Zimbabwe. AIVs have great potential to improve immune response by supplementing dietary requirements (micronutrients) of an individual and can have a positive impact on COVID-19 outcome as they play a significant role in the immune system. AIVs have antifungal, acaricidal, antiviral, anticancer and act as immune stimulants. There is need for persuasive research based information, suitable national legislation and information campaigns on cultivation and consumption of AIVs in Zimbabwe.


Keywords


AIVs; Covid-19; micronutrients;immune stimulants

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