Utilization of woody plants as food in times of food scarcity in selected dryland areas of Iringa district, Tanzania

Iringa District in Tanzania is a semi-arid area that is prone to frequent crop failures. Food insecurity is widespread and often the communities use woody plants as alternative source of livelihood. Although the use of woody plants as food during food scarcity is widely known, still, the knowledge of the useful woody plants, prefered woody plants, species regeneration/ population structure, density, frequency, nutritinal values and conservation priorities is insufficiently known. Therefore, this study will compile floristic checklist, species preferences, population ecology of key woody plants, nurtitional qualities and conservation priorities in Iringa drylands.
Le district d’Iringa en Tanzanie est une zone semi-aride qui est sujette à de fréquentes mauvaises récoltes. L’insécurité alimentaire est très répandue et souvent les collectivités utilisent les plantes forestières comme source alternative de revenus. Bien que l’utilisation des plantes forestières comme nourriture pendant la pénurie alimentaire est largement connu, encore, la connaissance des plantes forestières utiles, les plantes forestières préférées, la régénération des espèces/ la structure de la population/, la densité, la fréquence, les valeurs et les priorités de conservation nutritionnelle n’est pas suffisamment connue. Par conséquent, cette étude a l’intention de documenter sur la liste floristique, les préférences des espèces, l’écologie des populations des principales plantes forestières, les qualités et les priorités nutritionnelles de conservation dans les zones arides d’Iringa.
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