Robert E. Rhoades is dead. He was a pioneer of agricultural anthropology and wrote extensively on conservation of agrobiodiversity, especially how local people do it. His 1991 National Geographic piece The World’s Food Supply at Risk is a classic.
Crops, animals, wild relatives ...
by Luigi Guarino on March 25, 2010
And easy access to the Brainfood Archive.
Bill W. thinks that Ethiopian farmers should derive some benefit from taking care of tef for all these millennia:
I must admit that I don’t know anything about the quinoa trade, but it seems counter-intuitive that I am supposed to be relieved that the farmers who grew tef until the rest of the world noticed it will not benefit economically from their stewardship. It’s a crazy world.
And if you’re into plant breeding, do visit his site.