Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM

Ghent University (Belgium)

Since August 2007, the time that I launched our action ‘SEEDS FOR FOOD’, a number of people came up with questions about the danger of introducing new vegetables and fruits in developing countries, where they can easily be grown in containers.

I have already replied to these ‘interrogations’ in a couple of messages:

(1) Invasive vegetables?  Could they create problems? (Adam STUART / Patrick HARRY / Willem VAN COTTHEM)


(2) A convenient truth for combating hunger and desertification (Willem Van Cotthem)


Today, I like to bring to your special attention an article published by African Agriculture: http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2010/07/us-farmers-find-opportunity-in.html

Title: US farmers find opportunity in vegetables newly introduced by immigrants

Let me highlight some paragraphs:

    • Maxixe, a Brazilian relative of the cucumber, is relatively unknown in the U.S., but it may one day be as common as cilantro as farmers…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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