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Wild edible plant markets in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo
Termote, C.; Everaert, G.; Bwama Meyi, M.; Dhed’a Djailo, B.; Van Damme, P. (2012). Wild edible plant markets in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Hum. Ecol. 40(2): 269-285.
In: Human Ecology. Springer: New York,. ISSN 0300-7839; e-ISSN 1572-9915
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    Ethnobotany; Wild edible plants; Under-utilized species; Species priority setting; Domestication; Market potential; Household income; Poverty alleviation; Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Termote, C.
  • Everaert, G.
  • Bwama Meyi, M.
  • Dhed’a Djailo, B.
  • Van Damme, P.

    Benefits from wild edible plants (WEP) are multiple for rural households as well as urban traders. To set species priorities for WEP market development and domestication, we performed an inventory of WEP species and traders in five markets and one road-side selling point in Kisangani. During four one-month sessions between September 2007 and July 2008, all WEP traders present in the target markets were interviewed. We registered 119 unique sellers, selling 15 different WEPs. The September-October period and ‘Marché Central’ were the most important for WEP trade in Kisangani. Added values and net incomes generated through WEP sales were very divergent. Four types of traders could be distinguished. Gnetum africanum trade involves the more dynamic traders. Cola acuminata, Garcinia kola and Piper guineense spices have local and international market potential. Within the wild fruits category we propose Landolphia owariensis and Tetracarpidium conophorum as priority species for local market development.

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