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Field of Millet
A field of millet

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South of the Sahara Desert, in the Sudan, the weather also got drier, so people also needed to begin farming. But wheat and barley wouldn't grow so close to the equator.

Raw millet
Raw millet grains

So the people of West Africa gradually domesticated local grasses that were similar, especially millet. Millet is a lot like barley and could also be made into bread or mush (like a thick oatmeal).

Cooked millet
Cooked millet

In the rain forests south of the Sudan, you couldn't grow any kind of grasses, because it was too wet and jungly. Here people began to farm root vegetables, especially yams, and so they lived mainly on yams and a lot of dried fish. One kind of food cooked with yams was eto.

YamsCooked yams
Raw and cooked yams

and then what happened? (page 3)

Click on these books to buy them at Amazon and learn more:

Food and Recipes of Africa (Kids in the Kitchen.) by Theresa M. Beatty
The People of Africa and Their Food (Multicultural Cookbooks) by Ann Burckhardt
A Taste of West Africa (Food Around the World) by Colin Harris

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