Towards a domestication strategy for indigenous fruit trees in the tropics

Leakey, R.R.B., and Akinnifesi, F.K. (2008) Towards a domestication strategy for indigenous fruit trees in the tropics. In: Akinnifesi, F.K., Leakey, R.R.B., Ajayi, O.C., Sileshi, G., Tchoundjeu, Z., Matakala, P., and Kwesiga, F.R., (eds.) Indigenous Fruit Trees in the Tropics: domestication, utilization and commercialization. CAB International, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK, pp. 28-49.

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[Extract] Increasingly, agroforestry trees are being improved in quality and productivity through the processes of market-driven domestication {Simons, 1996; Simons and Leakey, 2004; Leakey et al., 2005d}, based on strategies which consider: (i) the needs of the farmers, their priorities for domestication (Maghembe et al.,1998; Franzel et al., Chapter 1, this volume) and an inventory of the natural resource {Shackleton et al., 2003a}; (ii) the sustainable production of agroforestry tree products, including fruits, nuts, medicinals and nutriceuticals,timber, etc.; (iii) the restoration of degraded land and reduction of deforestation; and (IV) the wise use and conservation of genetic resources. These approaches to tree domestication are being implemented in southern Africa (Akinnifesi et al., 2006).

Item ID: 7374
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: tropical biology; agroforestry; domestication; sustainable development; genetic improvement; fruits and nuts; traditional foods
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ISBN: 978-1-84593-110-0
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2010 03:30
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079999 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8202 Horticultural Crops > 820214 Tropical Fruit @ 60%
82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8202 Horticultural Crops > 820299 Horticultural Crops not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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