The management of cassava toxicity and its changing sociocultural context in the Kei Islands, Eastern Indonesia

Soselisa, Hermien L. and Ellen, Roy F. (2013) The management of cassava toxicity and its changing sociocultural context in the Kei Islands, Eastern Indonesia. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 52 (5). pp. 427-450. ISSN 0367-0244. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/03670244.2012.751913) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Over a period of 150 years the Kei Islands have undergone environmental change, from rainforest to dryland savanna woodland. This has been accompanied by a shift in starch staple from sago, tubers, and grain to cassava. We show how this has been an effective ecological adaptation with social ramifications, not least the adoption of bitter cassava as a cultural identity marker. One of the problems of bitter cassava diets where people have become dependent upon them in poor parts of the Old World tropics are the effects of toxicity. We show how through a combination of factors and strategies this has not been a major issue in the Kei Islands, and how through a government-assisted agricultural project, attempts are being made to build upon this successful transition. The viability of present trends are evaluated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: cassava, crop management, cultural identity, folk classification, health, Indonesia, Kei Archipelago, toxicity
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology
Depositing User: Roy Ellen
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2013 06:41 UTC
Last Modified: 19 May 2014 08:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34949 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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