We are mainly focusing on domestication of indigenous wild tree species, that is; bringing the wild tree species under the human management.
In the purpose of biodiversity conservation, climatic change resilience and tree planting. The obvious question that comes to mind is what are the benefits that people need and prefer to obtain from the trees that they plant? We execute agroforestry tree ‘domestication’ as a farmer-driven and market-led process, which matches the intraspecific diversity of locally important trees to the needs of subsistence, product markets, and agricultural environments.
Domestication provides needs of poor rural communities as further empowering smallholder farmers to develop superior cultivars of indigenous fruits and nut trees and to produce planting stock of leguminous trees and shrubs for soil fertility replenishment. It also encourages entrepreneurism in the processing of agricultural products as well as tree products, and stimulates the development of markets for agroforestry tree products, livelihoods, diet, health and income for a better future.
People continue to use indigenous tree species as long as they are available because these species: tend to be of higher quality; are known and respected by the users; are generally a common property resource; can be obtained without maintenance or cash payment; provide products that cannot be duplicated with fast growing species. Indeginous tree species are the cornerstone of a family’s survival strategy, are an extremely important step towards slowing the deforestation of the adaptability of species to an area’s climate, soils, topography, and land use conditions. There is a diverse range of ways that people exploit forests that is for: fuelwood, fodder, germs, medicine, fruit, building materials., honey, household items, land improvement and rituals; other species have social or cultural importance.
Participatory Domestication Process Involving scientists and local farmers working in close collaboration.
Becoming a Member
Means widening the DLO community landscape to influence attention of the change, governance and management, ensuring appropriate policies and practices addressing a wide range of social and economic factors are in place to minimize unintended consequences.
There is need of a consumer education in enhancing awareness of the benefits of eating healthy diets tree foods, planting material multiplication. Getting wide range of trees producing foods rich in micronutrients, fiber and protein. encourage entrepreneurship and value-addition to increase returns from the sale of tree products and tree planting materials.
Encourage policy attention on these resources, detailed research to establish when and where positive results for the conservation of forest resources can be realized through tree cultivation, possible selection and/or breeding to enhance yield and quality. Provide support for soil-fertility replenishment technologies to improve overall farm productivity.