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Research Journal of Forestry
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 5 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-16
DOI: 10.3923/rjf.2011.1.16
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Neutraceutal Wild Plants of SemiArid East Shewa, Ethiopia: Contributions to Food and Healthcare Security of the Semiarid People

Debela Hunde Feyssa, Jesse T. Njoka, M.M. Nyangito and Zemede Asfaw

Ethnobotanical study was conducted in six study sites of semi arid east Shewa, Ethiopia. The study has aimed to identify key nutraceutical wild plants and documents associated indigenous knowledge. It also analyzed local use and management practices and implications to food and health security of people living in semi arid areas. Data was obtained ethnobotanically by field observations, focus group discussions and interviews. Qualitatively data were described by narrating and quantitatively summarized in tables, percentages and ranking matrixs. Twenty nutraceutical plants were identified; 35% shrubs, 6% trees and 5% liana for human food, livestock feed and medicine. Transhumant pastoralists used (95%) nutraceuticals and settled farmers (65%). Twenty nutraceutical wild plants were used to treat 11(55%) human and 9(45%) livestock ailments/ health problems. There are a good number of nutraceutical plants which can be used for nutrition and healthcare system of semiarid people. Transhumant pastoralists were more intimate with nature and more knowledgeable. Hence, they adapt to climate change by using locally available nutraceuticals for themselves and their livestock. Climate change adaptation strategies can be built on this indigenous knowledge for sustainable use of nutracuticals for nutrition and health security.
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How to cite this article:

Debela Hunde Feyssa, Jesse T. Njoka, M.M. Nyangito and Zemede Asfaw, 2011. Neutraceutal Wild Plants of SemiArid East Shewa, Ethiopia: Contributions to Food and Healthcare Security of the Semiarid People. Research Journal of Forestry, 5: 1-16.

DOI: 10.3923/rjf.2011.1.16


04 January, 2011
Mr. Kiflu Haile:
This work contributes to the livelihoods of the people in dry land areas. I appreciate the finding as it really helps in providing information for local and regional governments in policy improvements in the conservation of resource utilization to achieve sustainable of the resources.
08 January, 2011
Debela Hunde Feyssa:

Mr Kiflu Haile, I thank you for your valuable encouragement to our research work. I found that you have evaluated our work critically and your comments are inline with our goal in this research, i.e improving livelihoods of people living in drylands. As we optimize avaliable livelihood options including Nutraceutal plants utilization it will contribute both for conservation and sustianable utilization, and policy improvement Thank you again for valuable inputs and encouragements Best regards Debela Hunde Feyssa Corresponding author

25 January, 2012
bhubaneswar flowers:

Thank you for sharing all the details your wild plants! I especially like the plant listings w/ details on the plants. I'm striving to someday catalog and map my plants and you guys are an inspiration :-)

25 January, 2012
dehradun flowers:
Wild edible plants/herbs has proven to be very effective.
26 January, 2012
Dr. Debela Hunde Feyssa:

Thank you for your encouraging comments. It is true that these resources can be one of the alternatives to improve food, nutrition and health-care security if we put our collective effort to add value to them . The research will continue to the next phase on this resources Kind Regards,





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