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Show simple item record Cheikhyoussef, Ahmad Embashu, Werner Heita, Lusia Potgieter, Sannette 2016-07-04T09:56:14Z 2016-07-04T09:56:14Z 2012
dc.identifier.citation Cheikhyoussef, A., Embashu, W., & Heita, L., et al. (2012). Study on indigenous fruits and ethnobotanical uses in Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions. Field trip report. Windhoek: University of Namibia (MRC). en_US
dc.description.abstract SUMMARY: Research into Indigenous Knowledge System Technology (IKST) has been receiving increasing attention from various research institutions and Government Ministries in Namibia during the last five years. Indigenous communities in Namibia possess a rich traditional knowledge expressed in many practices in their communities. Indigenous wild edible fruits are available within the Namibian 13 regions which provide a rich source of vitamins and fibres for indigenous people’s diet. The aims of this study were to record the different IKST practices on the indigenous fruit trees in Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions. Three constituencies in Ohangwena region were surveyed; these including Okongo, Eanhana and Ondobe Constituencies. In Oshikoto region; only one constituency which is Onayena was included in the survey. A total of 65 respondents were interviewed; 54% women, 38% men and 8% both in group interviews. The majority of the people interviewed were in their thirty’s, with the youngest being 18 years old and the oldest being 98 years old. Thirty eight plant specimens were collected of which 24 are from Ohangwena and 15 from Oshikoto region, these specimens belong to 18 genuses and 23 species. Regarding to the indigenous knowledge; most of the respondents indicated that their knowledge on indigenous fruits was learnt mainly through their parents. Almost all of the respondents reported that the indigenous fruits and their products have social values such as it is presented to guests at special ceremonies, weddings, etc. In addition to their social values; health values have been reported also especially with regard to has flu. Some people depend on these fruits and their by-products to get income, for example Distilled liquor from Eembe (Berchemia discolor), Palm fruits (common practice in Oshikoto region). Most of the peoples reported that the traditional beer and wines are the main products made from these fruits. en_US
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dc.subject Indigenous fruits en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotanical uses en_US
dc.title Study on indigenous fruits and ethnobotanical uses in Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US

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