Worldwatch Institute promotes indigenous fruit trees

Websites and blogs that feature quality information about indigenous fruit trees are few. As organisations such as the World Agroforestry Centre continue to increase their research output regarding indigenous fruit trees, communication of information about indigenous tree species as an aid to crop productivity, land health and livelihoods needs to continue. Therefore it is terrific to see the Worldwatch Institute highlighting some well-known indigenous fruits. Some of the fruits the Institute lists on its blog include Monkey Oranges, Ackee (Blighia sapida), Wild Ethiopian Coffee (Coffea canephora) and Safou (Dacryodes edulis). Although all of these are edible, some like the Ackee are grown predominantly for non-food uses. Indigenous trees and fruits contribute to food security as well as climate adaptation while improving rural livelihoods.

The World Agroforestry Centre has many publications on the subject of indigenous fruits for African, Asian and the South American regions. One of these is a recent booklet called The Fruits of Success: A programme to domesticate West and Central Africa’s wild fruit trees is raising incomes, improving health and stimulating the rural economy. The forward of the booklet reads “For proof of the difference that these fruits can make to the health and welfare of rural communities, you need look no further than the participatory tree domestication programme managed by the World Agroforestry Centre in West and Central Africa”. Indeed, the Centre’s tree domestication programme has helped thousands of families lift themselves out of poverty by producing empowering products for farmers and the wider community.

Websites and blogs such as the Worldwatch’s continue to play an important role in increasing awareness of these important trees.

To see a list of new publications from the World Agroforestry Centre

An introductory look at indigenous fruits from the Worldwatch institute can be found here.'

Christopher Mesiku

Chris Mesiku is a science communicator volunteering at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. In the last 5 years, he has worked as a communicator for various scientific institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (ANU) and a Masters in Philosophy of Science (UQ).

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