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The shea tree. Inset: Dr Sam Gwali of the National Agricultural Research Organization, Uganda. Photos by C. Watson/ICRAF

Promoting early-maturing, oil-rich shea trees and holding off the charcoal threat

In Europe, the US and Africa, shea butter or oil is a famous skin cream. But shea is even more important as the main cooking oil for the 6,000-km band of 21 African countries that stretches West to...

Tasked to identify orphan crops for DRC by the national agricultural research body, Dr Dowiya takes a leaf sample from a bean plant in an exercise at the African Plant Breeding Academy at ICRAF

Local knowledge from forest-dwellers of DR Congo guides orphan crop research

Dr Benjamin Dowiya Nzawele, 42, arrived at the World Agroforestry Centre, also known as ICRAF, in Nairobi with an important brief from the national agricultural research institute, INERA: To “identify orphan crops not currently taken into account by...

Datu Migketay of the Tala-andig. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Amy Cruz

A talk with the Tala-andig tribe: thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect

Research and development aim to benefit communities but how should researchers and indigenous people work together in projects? Here are some thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect based on discussions between the Tala-andig tribe and ICRAF researchers. It...