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Type Journal Article - African Journal of Food Science and Technology
Title Utilization of edible wild plants and their contribution to household income in Gweta Village, central Botswana
Volume 6
Issue 7
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
Page numbers 220-228
URL https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Demel_Teketay/publication/287201449_Utilization_of_edible_wild_​plants_and_their_contribution_to_household_income_in_Gweta_Village_central_Botswana/links/5672cc3308​aee7a427435a6e.pdf
Gweta Village is endowed with a variety of edible wild plants (EWPs) ranging from fruits and leafy vegetables to
tubers utilised by the residents. The study focused on documenting and synthesising indigenous knowledge related
to the use of EWPs and assess their contribution to household food supply and income in Gweta Village, central
Botswana. Data were collected through household survey of forty five households and five key informants. Twenty
four species were found that belong to thirteen families, used as source of food and beverage. Most utilised EWPs
include Grewia flava, Grewia bicolor, Scloreocarya birrea, Amaranthus thunbergii, Cleome gynandra, Corchorus
olitorius. They are the main source of food and income, and are harvested by almost everyone in the Village. About
52% of the respondents were engaged in the sale of nine EWPs, and the sale contributed between BWP 50.00 to
more than BWP 400.00 per week. The study showed that women are predominant users and collectors of EWPs and
children are regular harvesters in small quantities for consumption as snack. Furthermore, the study revealed that
elephants are the major threat to diminishing of EWPs in the Village. Some of the Villagers have already started
domestication of some treasured EWPs while others are eager to do so. The prior assumption that EWPs are of
significant importance to the rural economy has been confirmed, and the results revealed that EWPs also assist in
dietary diversity, food security and income generation. Further research work on EWPs on nutritional value and
related health outcomes is needed. Also, there is a need for creating awareness of the public and policy realignment
to promote and market EWPs.

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Badimo, Dandy, Joyce Lepetu, and Demel Teketay. "Utilization of edible wild plants and their contribution to household income in Gweta Village, central Botswana." African Journal of Food Science and Technology 6, no. 7 (2015): 220-228.
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