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Title:The Present Importance and Future Potential of Veld Products in the Livelihoods of Villagers from the Tswapong Hills
Authors:Rossiter, S.
Pellegrin, S.
Hill, K.
Bunting, A.
Robinson, S.
Mason, T.
Boitumelo, T.
Madiba, A.
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:natural resources
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Veld plants
Tswapong Hills (Botswana)
Economic performance
Food resources
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40980183
Abstract:This paper reports on a quantitative study on the use of wild fruits by people living in villages in the Tswapong Hills in eastern Botswana. A total of 230 people were interviewed, approximately two-thirds being women. Questions focused on collecting the following information: which fruits were used; when and from where they were collected; the processing and storage of fruits, and whether they were sold and where. Information about markets, and the relative economic importance of fruit compared to other sources of income, was also collected. A list of the 20 most important veld products is included in the article. It was found that none of the veld products were particularly important nutritionally, but some were important economically. In particular, for people without cattle or land, the sale of veld products may supplement, or even be more profitable than, drought relief. Beer was the most commonly (locally) sold processed veld product. Certain fruits, such as morula, have a higher potential for processing than simply the manufacture of beer. In towns, veld products are sold in the street, in general to people who come from rural areas. Long-term investments of time and money are needed to increase possibilities for marketing veld products in towns in Botswana and South Africa. Bibliogr., sum.