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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

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.

Kate Schreckenberg