Analysis of multipurpose uses and management of Zizphus spina-christi (L.) desf. in semi-arid Ethiopia: Implications for food security

Quantitative ethnobotanical study of Ziziphus spina-christi was undertaken in six areas of east Shewa, Ethiopia. Both structured questionnaire and focus-group interviews were conducted with about 200 households. Arable land cultivation, and increased frequencies of drought are reducing areas under Z. spina-christi. The multi-purpose tree is highly nutritious, helps main soil fertility, and is an important source of income in the region. Research and policy support are needed to exploit the potential of this agroforestry tree species.
L’étude ethnobotanique quantitative de Ziziphus spina-christi a été entreprise dans six régions de Shewa de l’Est, en Ethiopie. Des questionnaires structurés et les interviews dans le groupe de discussion ont été conduits avec environ 200 ménages. La culture de terres arables, et les fréquences accrues de sécheresse réduisent les régions sous Z. spina-christi. L’arbre universel est fortement nutritif, aide la fertilité principale du sol et est une source importante de revenu dans la région. L’appui à la recherche et à la politique sont nécessaires pour exploiter le potentiel de cet arbre d’agroforesterie.
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