High-value Syrup from 'Prekese' Fruits for Community Livelihood Empowerment
Building rural enterprises to produce Prekese syrup
Relying on local raw materials, this initiative promotes the sustainable cultivation and harvesting of Prekese fruits in rural communities, allowing income to be generated over the whole life cycle of the tree. Small scale extraction plants will be set up in selected communities to process Tetrapleura tetraptera (Prekese), an indigenous tree species, which grows in the wild and on people's farms. Women and unemployed youths will be trained in the production of Prekese syrup which will then be commercialised on the local and national market. Furthermore, the establishment of Prekese plantations in rural areas is planned to ensure a constant supply of quality fruit.
CSIR - Forestry Research Institute is in charge of upgrading, transferring and promoting the processing technology which has been developed and coordinates production and marketing activities.
CONDEF - Conservation and Development Foundation conducts awareness-raising activities on cultivation and sustainable harvesting of Prekese fruits in communities.
TODAY - Training of Disadvantaged African Youths facilitates the establishment of small- scale Prekese syrup enterprises.