Edible trees in refugee settlements and host communities in Arua, NW Uganda

Edible trees in refugee settlements, NW Uganda

April 5, 2018

An IFAD funded project found an inventory of 50 tree species of which 12 are edible and a rich source of both macro and micro-nutrients in the diets of the refugees and the local communities.

As these species are essential as a source of food, nutrition and income for families, the group identifies the following recommendations as a strategy for protection and promotion of them:

  • Advancing on-going marking of trees to reduce accidental or intentional cuttings
  • Promoting regeneration of the species through farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR)
  • Raising the seedlings of the species in nurseries and supporting planting programmes within restoration, reforestation and homestead tree growing schemes.
  • Community dialogues, radio programmes on their use and value
  • Discouraging burning of these species for charcoal or cutting for firewood through persuasion, behaviour change and bye laws.
  • Instituting strict rules and regulations regarding the exploitation of such species and imposing disincentives to discourage destructive actions.
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