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.