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Breakout Session 3: Diet Diversification - Speaker: Edmond Dounias

Edmond Dounias, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), France and Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Role of indigenous [forgotten] foods (plants and animals) in food diversification: what don't we know (domestication? value chain?) Learning from the poor? The extreme diversity of diets among so-called poor indigenous peoples is an inexhaustible source of inspiration to achieve food diversification. Legions of underutilized animals, insects, and plants have been adopted locally as food resources that significantly contribute to the diet of poor households as far as their consumption is confined in the domestic sphere. Why are these nutritious resources yet underutilized or even abandoned? What are the shackles to unleash in order to rehabilitate and sustainably mainstream their consumption?