With global warming and its deleterious consequences looming large, food production across the world is likely to suffer a major setback. On the other side, the demand for food is growing relentlessly, thanks to the burgeoning population. On both counts, the challenge on the food front seems formidable for planners and agricultural scientists alike.
The major cereals that feed a sizable population in the world today may not be enough to satisfy world hunger. One has to look beyond the cereals for ensuring the food and nutrition security of future generations. In this context, it is necessary to examine nutrition-rich horticultural crops for their potential. Among the fruits of promise is jack. If the fruit has high nutritious value, the jack tree can grow even in unfriendly environments and marginal lands with low inputs. It does not also need intense care. Regrettably, this crop has not received the kind of attention it deserves either from the policymaker or the scientist. Noted for its adaptability to diverse agro-climatic conditions in the tropical and sub-tropical belts, the jackfruit is grown in India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and some African countries. A rich source of nutrition and energy, it has enormous potential to fight the hidden hunger of the poor.Attractive
That it makes efficient use of scarce water and abundant sunshine render the jack tree particularly attractive for the small farmers. The jackfruit can also be a money-spinner for the small and marginal farmers. The twin objectives of household nutrition and income security can be achieved by promoting this choice fruit of the tropics. This book makes a comprehensive presentation and analysis of all the aspects of jackfruit and makes out a strong case for taking initiatives in research and development, especially in regard to production and processing. The editors of the volume deserve to be commended for their work.
Policy measures needed to encourage jackfruit cultivation as also suggestions for preparing project proposals to attract funds for research and development have been included. Apart from highlighting several interesting aspects of jackfruit cultivation, the book describes the numerous ways in which the fruit and the timber are used in different countries across the globe.
The anecdotal references go to enhance its readability. The amount of research that has gone into the writing and the soundness of the field observations will appeal to the serious reader. Elegantly written, it will be an asset to researchers, policymakers, and students of horticulture and agriculture.