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I've been researching the intriguing spread of soybean curd making in Niger along the border with Nigeria and wondered if anyone else has worked on this or has information. Soybeans have become an important crop in Nigeria (from all appearances due in large measure to work by IITA) and there is a minor trade of this commodity north of the border. The phenomenon in Niger is interesting for more than one reason. First it's a "new" food (generally once made it is cut in bite-sized chunks and fried for sale on the street or in markets, with a pepper relish). Second it is spreading on its own - an interesting study of diffusion of a technology if you will - so that in the last couple of years it's become available in larger towns away from the border (Zinder, Maradi). Third, it seems confined for the moment to the Hausa-speaking areas of the country (south central). I'm particularly interested in finding out what others may have observed in northern Nigeria in this regard (I'm not likely to travel there at the moment). Don Osborn (writing from Niamey) _____________________________________ - > Write a book review for H-USA! < - Contact the H-USA book review editor: Nathan Abrams <Nathan.Abrams@btinternet.com>