Indigenous communities in Namibia [southwestern Africa] possess a rich indigenous knowledge expressed within many practices of these communities. Indigenous wild edible fruits are available, which form a rich source of vitamins, fibres, minerals and a heterogeneous collection of bioactive compounds referred to as phytochemicals.
The aim of this study was to record the different IKS [indigenous knowledge system] practices related to the indigenous fruit trees in Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions of Namibia…
… 56.3% of the respondents reported that indigenous fruits were declining. Only a 42.2% indicated that the indigenous fruits populations are increasing. Regarding management practices to improve the production of these indigenous fruit trees; 38.6% reported that there are some efforts on management practices; while 61.4% reported there are no management practices related to indigenous fruit trees in their areas.
Species found to be the most frequently used and mentioned fruits which need to be given high preference in terms of conservation are: Berchemia discolor (bird plum; mountain date), Hyphaene petersiana (real fan palm) , Sclerocarya birrea (marula), and Diospyros mespiliformis (African Ebony).
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