Chapter 10

Trees: An Important Source of Food and Non-Food Products for Farmers: An Update

R.R.B. Leakey

Abstract

Thousands of wild species are recognized as having culturally important edible fruits, nuts, and leaves with much higher nutrient content than the major cereal and root crops that dominate global diets. This indicates their potential as new crops for the diversification and enrichment of diets. This has now started to be internationally recognized and over 60 of these species are now being domesticated. Furthermore, the ethnobotany of many other species is being studied within the context of their potential for domestication – building on the evidence that indeed African farmers have begun this process by their own initiatives. Thus, ...

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