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Trees on Farm Domestication Level, Opportunities and Challenges: A Case Study of Prunus africana in Western Kenya

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Gachie P. K. 1,*, Koech E.K. 2, Njung’e J.T. 3, Simons A.J. 4

1 Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Kenya.

2 University of Kabianga, Kenya.

3 University of Namibia, Namibia.

4 World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya.

*Corresponding author: Gachie P. K., Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Kenya.


Prunus africana, is widely known for its medicinal value. The tree has being overexploited for its bark highly valued remedy against prostate disorders. One way of conserving it, is through its domestication. There is a need to assess the potentials and constraints to its domestication. The objective of this study was to generate information to improve strategies for its conservation and domestication in Kenya. A survey was done on farms adjacent to Kobujoi and Kakamega forest reserves (western Kenya) using a semi-structured questionnaire. The results indicate that farmers in Kobujoi were more aware of P. africana uses than those in Kakamega. Firewood recorded the highest frequency of use in both areas while its medicinal use ranked third. In Kobujoi, the species competition with the agricultural crops was the main constraint while in Kakamega, certain discouraging customs and beliefs ranked highest. Lack of seedlings was also a common constraint.


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How to cite this paper

Trees on Farm Domestication Level, Opportunities and Challenges: A Case Study of Prunus africana in Western Kenya

How to cite this paper: Gachie P. K., Koech E.K., Njung’e J.T., Simons A.J. (2020) Trees on Farm Domestication Level, Opportunities and Challenges: A Case Study of Prunus africana in Western Kenya. International Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 4(2), 156-165.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2020.06.007

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