Indigenous Fruit Use – Tanzania

Following on my previous blog on the the potential of indigenous fruits in AfricaI today read an article on progress that has been made in Tanzania.

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This article lists four trees that are being planted and five, including the baobab, tamirand and marula which are harvested from the wild, that are the focus of increased attention. It identifies the following benefits that have been achieved:

  • regional sale of jams and juices generates income
  • using fruit to replaces staples such as maize in local brews has improved nutrition
  • the use of fruit wine in place of dangerous illicit brews has improved safety

The work has been supported/funded by FARM-Africa and Government agencies which started the work as poverty alleviation and nutritional interventions.

The two difficulties identified are the short harvests and the inability to store unprocessed fruit and the availability of packaging material.

I think this is very promising and am trying to follow up where I can, to try and develop a complete picture of how and what has been achieved. This will help others to benefit from their natural resources. I will also add information on marula from South Africa with time.

I will be looking at what process to use to share the information – in the mean time please leave a comment or contact me with any ideas, thought or information you may have.

1 thought on “Indigenous Fruit Use – Tanzania

  1. Dr Baobab

    Dave,

    Great article regarding alternative income streams for Africa. I am working a project to wild harvest Baobab, process and then deliver to the west. My focus is on is promoting environmental, social and financial sustainability by providing new opportunities for rural African communities to earn additional income.

    Here in Africa we lack a lot of the technology and know how to make that happen, however i have looked at the supply chain and it makes sense to set up a processing plant here on the ground and ship the finished product to Europe and the states. This would be processed into a powder form which could then be used by the international functional food, beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, botanical and health supplement industries.

    Anyway great article keep up the good work all the best

    Dr Baobab in the Gambia

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