Kenya: Greenheart, the wonder tree, can sprout money if spared the axe

This article reports on the medicinal tree, known as the Greenheart (Warburgia ugandensis) which is found throughout East Africa and used to treat numerous human and livestock diseases.

As well as being used in rural areas, extracts are making their way into urban markets. Amid concerns about over-exploitation, the World Agroforestry Centre has launched a project to preserve the tree.

Jonathan Muriuki, from the Centre, says they are assisting farmers to grow an improved strain of Warburgia ugandensis. Dr Alice Muchugi, lecturer at Kenyatta University, who is also working on the project, says there is a need for policy makers to prioritize conservation of the species.

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