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Birds, bees and butter - new study underlines importance of biodiversity for crop production and West African livelihoods

1 month ago   |   By British Ecological Society

Shea yields are likely to benefit from a diversity of trees and shrubs in parkland habitats in West Africa, according to a new study led by scientists from Trinity College Dublin. The findings have important implications for managing a crop that is typically harvested and sold by women in rural areas, and which helps finance education for children.
Shea trees grow in dryland savanna, forest and parkland ecosystems across an estimated 1 million km 2 between western Senegal and north-western Uganda. Shea is an important agroforestry crop providing fruit near the end of the dry season; the...
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