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.
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.