Species name


Local name(s)
Banga (Agonia)

General description
Teff-like plant. Sowing in June, July. Harvest in September. The plant is semi-domesticated. 

Edible part(s), preparation methods and palatability
Seeds are edible. The seeds have to be threshed sifted and ground. The obtained flour can be used to bake flat bread' locally named 'kita', for injera preparation and for Abyssinian porridge. All the family members contribute to the planting and the harvest of the crop.

Found in lowlands.

Propagation method(s) 
Propagates by seeds, seedlings and wildlings.

Sample location(s)
Siska Kebele, Zequala Woreda (Wag Hamra)

These normally wild seeds are cultivated because of their fast growing time. In areas where the normal harvest is sufficient these crops are ignored and would not be harvested or even domesticated on farm. People who have to rely on them are considered as inferior, destitute etc. These are mostly people of Tekeze lowlands who were forced to migrate from the highlands. The left over hay is eaten by livestock.

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'Banga' seeds (Photo by Anna Barnett, Ethiopian Venture Project)