Water spinach (Ipomoea spp.) and its potential: A review


  • Blesilda M. Calub 2University of the Philippines. Los Banos, College of Agriculture and Food Science, Agricultural Systems Institute
  • Tuarira Mtaita. Africa University, College of Health, Agriculture and Natural Science, Mutare, Zimbabwe
  • Ivy Ivai Mudita University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Graduate School.


water spinach, Ipomoea spp., underutilized crops, food and nutrition security


The problem of malnutrition justifies the need to explore underutilized crops that have the potential to address the food and nutrition insecurity issues. Certain underutilized crops can play a significant role in both food and nutrition security of the vulnerable populations especially children below the age of five and women. Water spinach, a green leafy vegetable, is one of the underutilized crops in Zimbabwe. It is envisaged that exploration, exploitation and full utilization of water spinach would be an appropriate and cost effective strategy to supplement the caloric and nutritional value of the staple crops. The potential of water spinach cannot be overemphasized as far as meeting the nutrition needs of humans is concerned. This review aims at highlighting the inherent potential of water spinach and possibilities of its production to boost food and nutrition security.


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2023-09-09 — Updated on 2023-12-10


How to Cite

Calub, B. M., Mtaita., T., & Mudita, I. I. (2023). Water spinach (Ipomoea spp.) and its potential: A review. Zimbabwe Journal of Science and Technology, 17(1), 28–42. Retrieved from https://journals.nust.ac.zw/index.php/zjst/article/view/188 (Original work published September 9, 2023)