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Dr Hannibal Muhtar and Tanzanian groundnut breeder Dr. Omari Mponda

Naliendele means “eat when you are sleeping” in the local language of Southeast Tanzania. It is also the name of the community where you can find the Naliendele Agricultural Research Institute. According to local legend, a man had been traveling over long distances when he arrived to this community. He was very tired from his long journey. The people of the community gave him food and a place to sleep. The next day the man could not remember if he had eaten any food the previous day. He had been so tired from his journey that he could not remember. The people of the community said he ate while he was sleeping.

Naliendele ARI is an important site for research on cashew nut, groundnut, sesame, cassava and other crops.

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