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February 2006

Announcement of a publication

Indigenous knowledge of edible tree products - The Mungomu tree in Central Mozambique


This study was sponsored by the FAO regional project "Gender, Biodiversity and Local Knowledge Systems to Stengthen Agriculture and Rural Development in Southern Africa" (LinKS) and carried out by Kulima, the Organism for the Socio-economic Development of Mozambique.

The report focuses on the importance of the Mungomu, a tree of the Miombo vegetation group that constitutes an important source of food of easily-worked wood for the peoples of southern Africa. The nut produced by the Mungomu tree, known in English as the Manketti Nut, has been consumed for generations in central Mozamibique, particularly in times of food shortages.

The objective of the study was to review and document the local knowledge base on the Mungomu tree in the district of Macossa and establish whether it varies according to gender, socio-economic status and generational differences. The study also looks at how the nut is used by local people and at its importance for food security.

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