Wild trees bear fruit
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CTA. 2002. Wild trees bear fruit. Rural Radio Resource Pack 02/3. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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In Mwanza district, Malawi, thirteen villages have, for the last five years, been involved in a project to make fruit juice from indigenous species - Baobab and Tamarind. As a result people in the area are now planting more indigenous trees, rather than cutting them for charcoal and firewood.
Wild trees bear fruit Cue: Cutting down wild, or indigenous trees to make charcoal or to sell as firewood is one way for rural communities to earn some much needed income. The problem is that unless the cutting is carefully managed and new trees planted, it is not a long-term solution, and can even increase poverty by encouraging soil erosion. However, there are other ways of earning income from wild trees. Our next report comes from Mwanza district in Malawi, where for the last five years, thirteen villages have been involved in a project which has allowed them to generate income from indigenous tree fruits. Patrick Mphaka reports. IN: