To investigate the opportunities and constraints faced by resource-poor farmers in the humid lowlands of West Africa (HULWA) in investing in the planting and improvement of indigenous trees for income generation

December 1998 to December 2002

The project aims to test the proposition that substantial opportunities exist in West Africa for improving rural livelihoods by cultivating indigenous fruit trees on-farm. Poor farmers have constraints to their ability to harness such opportunities, but the benefits they obtain from these trees could be improved through: investment in participatory domestication to enable them to select desired product characteristics, new processing techniques, better marketing information, and availability of more appropriate information through extension services.


Commercialising Indigenous Fruit for Poverty Alleviation

Briefing papers | January 2004 | Ousseynou Ndoye, Abdon Awono, Kate Schreckenberg and Roger Leakey

Between 1999 and 2002, research was carried out in the humid forest zone of Cameroon and Southeast Nigeria to find ways of overcoming the constraints faced by farmers trying to cultivate indigenous fruit trees as new crops.


The participatory domestication of West African indigenous fruits

Journal articles or issues | January 2003 | Kate Schreckenberg, Roger Leakey, Zac Tchoundjeu

Throughout the tropics there are indigenous tree species that produce locally important fruits and other non-timber forest products, that have the potential to be domesticated to provide economic and livelihood benefits to subsistence farmers