The International Network of Food Data Systems (INFOODS)
If you are looking for nutritional information on underutilised plant species, we warmly recommend the databases curated by the International Network of Food Data Systems (INFOODS) hosted by FAO. The excel files downloadable from this global data repository currently hold compositional information on several hundred species of roots and tubers, fruits, edible seeds, and other edible plants. Data are referenced to the original analytical work, and most importantly, compilers have gone to great lengths to flag data that appear to be implausible or otherwise conspicuous.
You can now help INFOODS to expand the coverage and depth of its nutritional information on agricultural biodiversity in the following manner:
Firstly, you are welcome to check this inventory of underutilised species, which INFOODS has developed in the past in collaboration with CFF. Please nominate any species that is not yet included in the list, but should be so, provided it satisfies the following conditions:
- were/are/could be used for human consumption;
- may have great potential for contributing to food security and nutrition;
- are mainly local and traditional crops/animals (including insects, amphibians and reptiles) and whose distribution, biology, cultivation and uses is poorly documented;
- receive little attention from research, farmers, policy and decision makers, technology providers and consumers;
- have weak or no formal seed/animal germplasm supply systems;
- are farmed, reared, gathered or caught on a small scale.
Species that are imported into a particular region do not count as underutilised there.
Secondly, we encourage you to submit any relevant compositional data to FAO for inclusion into the INFOODS Food Composition Database for Biodiversity. Only data that is fully documented can be accepted. For submission and more information, please contact Ruth Charrondiere at FAO.