A reservoir of ethnobotanical knowledge informs resilient food security and health strategies in the Balkans
State / Locale: Northeastern Albania
Population: Gorani and Albanians
Community Engagement (IAP2 Spectrum): Collaborate
Equity: People Place
Ethnobotany is the study of how people use plants, considering how culture affects their knowledge and practices. In a mountainous area called Gora in Albania, two different groups of people, Gorani and Albanians, faced food shortages because of tough times. They relied on wild plants for food when other crops weren't available. This study looked at how these groups used 104 different plants and found that their knowledge helped them deal with food shortages. This knowledge could be important for future health programs. It also showed that this kind of knowledge isn't just for specific groups but is shared among people despite differences in gender, language, and culture. Understanding how people connect with nature is important for creating economic and health programs that fit their needs.
Quave, C. L., & Pieroni, A. (2015). A reservoir of ethnobotanical knowledge informs resilient food security and health strategies in the Balkans. Nature Plants, 1(2), 1-6.