|The United Nations Development Programme-run |
Country Partnership Programme (PPP) for Integrated
Sustainable Land Management has boosted
the Marama domestication project by giving it
N$250 000 for one year in Namibia.
Food scientists Amanda Minnaar from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Aase Hansen from the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, and Margarida Dias Lima de Faria from the Tropical Research Institute of Portugal (Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical) helped process the bean into new commercial products. The Rural Industries Promotions Company in Botswana developed a bean cracker prototype to assist with removing part of the outer husk and separating the edible component from the husk.
A report by 11 of the researchers in the South African Journal of Science (SAJS) also confirmed the traditional use of marama beans as a herbal medicine, in the first such study done.