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The cultivation of fruit trees is one strategy that we feel can fight hunger on a long-term, sustainable basis. Though the importance of raising fruit trees has been underestimated by development communities, it ought to be a major element in any development scheme.

Fruits and nuts, when eaten in the right amounts and combinations, are capable of providing all the necessary nutrition that the body needs, including protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, oils, and sugars. They also provide great enjoyment from the variety of tastes and sweetness that other crops don’t provide. With proper selection of fruit tree species, you can have different kinds of fruit all year round. Once fruit trees are established, very little labor is required to maintain them and they continue to produce for many years. They will produce food even during difficult times when other garden produce may be hard to obtain. Fruit trees can also provide other benefits that include lumber, poles, medicine, income, shade, firewood, ornamental value, soil improvement, reforestation and protection of the environment

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  1. Key Resource
    20/01/2011 Pour plus de 30 ans passés que nous continuons à travailler avec les petits fermiers en Afrique Centrale, nous nous sommes jouis de merveilleuse luxuriance de ses forets, savanes, et rivières. En plus, nous avons été privilégiés de connaitre d’innombrables groupes ethniques, avec différentes...
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    01/06/1998 There are more than one hundred major species of fruits in the tropics, which make a very interesting contribution to the appetite as well as to good nutrition. These species vary in ecological requirements, in season of production, in yields, uses and, of course, in many other characteristics....
  3. This group page exists so that individuals involved in Fruits around the world can connect. We encourage you to share the challenges you face in your endeavors, discuss lessons and techniques learned through your experiences, and share your story!
  4. 19/07/1992 A novel idea has been to grow some fruit trees, like bananas and coconuts, in circles about 3 meters in diameter.
  5. 20/01/2005 A relative of pear, apple, and peach, the loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) tree is a lesser-known fruit.
  6. 20/10/2004 Carambola is an excellent fruit to grow in the tropics because it has prolific fruit production, high nutrition, almost continuous fruiting, wide appeal and is very adaptable to different soils and locations.
  7. 19/10/1996 The atemoya is one of those fewfruits that can be considered a fully adequate dessert.
  8. 19/10/1995 "Fruits of Warm Climates" is an authoritative source for information on sub/tropical fruits from around the world.
  9. 19/06/1992 A method for using the fruit ("apple") to which the cashew nut is attached.
  10. Key Resource 20/01/2011 Over the past 30 plus years that we have been working with small-scale farmers in Central Africa, we have enjoyed the wonderful lushness of its forests, savannahs, and rivers. In addition, we have been privileged to get to know some of the many people groups, with their different cultures and...
  11. From FAO Field Manual : There are several ways of vegetative propagation. The three main types in forest tree propagation are grafting, air-layering and the use of cuttings. The three types are referred to as macropropagation, as alternative to micropropagation or tissue culture. Propagation by...
  12. 20/01/2007 Hand pollination of atemoya flowers is a simple procedure based on the interesting fact that the female and male parts (Figure 1) of each flower mature at different times.
  13. 20/07/2006 Jackfruit has long been valued and cultivated in tropical Asia. Thought to originate in the rainforests of India, jackfruit has remained relatively unknown throughout the rest of the tropics.
  14. Key Resource 01/09/1976 Amazon.com Description This book is divided into 2 parts. Part I, by R.J. Garner, deals with the establishment and equipment of the nursery, the pots and other containers, the various methods of propagation and with the transplanting of the young plants. This part is well illustrated. Part II is...
  15. Key Resource 19/01/1992 This is the 2nd volume of the multivolume Prosea (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Handbook which aims to summarize knowledge about useful plants for workers in education, research, extension and industry. Perennial species grown primarily for their ediblefruits(fleshy or dry) which are...
  16. 09/02/2017 The Tian Shan mountains that straddle Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan on the west and China’s Xinjiang Province on the east are home to the Earth’s greatest collection of wild fruits of the rose family. Apples, pears, plums, apricots, and others are found in wild groves and forests and...
  17. Key Resource 01/12/1993 Offers the non-specialist an insight into the ranges of methods and equipment available for preserving products, increasing the quality and range of foodstuffs and indicating where the hazards are when setting up a small food processing concern.
  18. Key Resource 01/05/1998 A wide variety of fruits is grown in the tropics, under a range of climatic conditions and soil types. Some have been widely used both within the tropics and also exported to temperate countries for many years, whereas others are currently grown almost exclusively for local or regional use....
  19. Key Resource 01/11/1987 This 505 page book is an exceptionally exhaustive source of information on tropical and subtropical fruits. It is a well-illustrated and very readable, practical guide for those interested in growing tropical and subtropical fruits either for the home garden or commercially. The fruits are...
  20. Key Resource 01/11/2006 Turn your Florida yard into a beautiful cornucopia of delicious fruit. You can grow many of the world's best-tasting fruits in Florida's subtropical environment. Complete profiles of 80 native and non-native fruiting plants, ranging from the familiar, such as the strawberry and orange, to the...
  21. Roy Danforth and Paul Noren have over 30 years of experience in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Cameroon. Over the years they have collected seeds from the forests, obtained seeds through gifts and exchanges, and established over 500 different...
  22. In developing countries agriculture is the mainstay of the economy. As such, it should be no surprise that agricultural industries and related activities can account for a considerable proportion of their output. Of the various types of activities that can be termed as agriculturally based, fruit...
  23. 20/07/2002 The three main objectives of applying postharvest technology to harvested fruits and vegetables are: to maintain quality (appearance, texture, flavor and nutritive value) to protect food safety, and to reduce losses between harvest and consumption. Effective management during the postharvest...
  24. 01/04/2012 This article is found in ECHO Asia Note #13 Introduction In many parts of tropical Asia, especially on rainfed farms, there has been an explosion of acreage planted in maize. The increase in commercial maize production is driven by growing livestock feed demand, and is displacing many traditional...
  25. 20/01/2008 If you are interested in starting up a business, food processing offers an excellent opportunity to generate income using locally available resources. Focusing on the establishment of such a business using fruits and vegetables, this detailed and informative manual covers topics such as: products...
  26. Abstract, Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society, 2013 Mangos (Mangifera indica L.) constitute the second largest export crop for Haiti, but little more than 20% of all mangos harvested are shipped by exporters. Rejection rates along the distribution chain are very high because of...
  27. Abstract,Scientific Electronic Library Online, 2013 Further food production may be limited by the reduced availability of water resources. Since irrigated agriculture is the productive sector that presents a higher demand of water, this sector has been under intense pressure in order to ensure...
  28. 17/03/2016 1990 video of grafting techniques
  29. ThescopeofFruits - the International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticultureincludes: crop production and cropping systems, breeding, genetics and the release of genetic material adapted to tropical and subtropical environments, management, storage and market supply of underutilized...
  30. AccessAgriculture Training Video Les mouches des fruits injectent leurs œufs dans le fruit. Une seule mouche peut pondre des centaines d'œufs, qui se transforment en vers blancs qui mangent l'intérieur du fruit. Si on ne fait rien, les mouches augmentent rapidement en nombre et peuvent détruire...
  31. AccessAgriculture Training Video Il faut juste quelques minutes à une mouche des fruits pour trouver un endroit approprié sur la mangue et injecter ses œufs sous la peau du fruit. Mais même dans ce court laps de temps, les fourmis tisserandes l’auront soit chassée soit capturée. Leur odeur aide...
  32. AccessAgriculture Training Video La récolte est une partie très importante de votre travail d’agriculteur. Si vous la faites bien, vous obtiendrez de meilleurs rendements et des fruits de meilleure qualité – et donc des revenus plus importants. Dans cette vidéo, nous allons vous montrer ce que...
  33. AccessAgriculture Training Video Les fourmis tisserandes aident à protéger vos fruits et vos noix contre lesmouches des fruits et beaucoup d'autres ravageurs. Si vous n’avez pas encore de fourmis tisserandes dans votre verger, ramassez tous les nids d’une colonie de fourmis et transférez-les dans...
  34. AccessAgriculture Training Video Les appâts alimentaires peuvent être pulvérisés localement ou utilisés dans des stations d'appâts. Les mouches des fruits peuvent détecter des appâts sur de courtes distances, jusqu'à 10 mètres. Certains appâts contiennent un insecticide naturel qui est autorisé...
  35. AccessAgriculture Training Video La production de mangues comporte beaucoup de défis. Pour réussir, l’agriculteur doit savoir comment les relever. L’anthracnose est l’un de ces défis. C’est une maladie très répandue dans les milieux humides, comme dans les régions tropicales du Ghana. Dans cette...
  36. AccessAgriculture Training Video La maladie des taches noires affaiblit les branches et provoque la chute du fruit. Si elle n’est pas traitée, elle peut dévaster votre plantation toute entière. Quand elle se déclare dans une région, elle se propage de plus en plus chaque année. Dans cette vidéo,...
  37. AccessAgriculture Training Video La première année vous pouvez cultiver des haricots ou des arachides dans l’intervalle plus large entre les doubles rangées d'ananas, ce qui améliore la fertilité du sol.La plupart des agriculteurs coupent tous les arbres pour établir leurs plantations d’ananas....
  38. 20/01/2011 Cet ouvrage décrit la technique de production des plants de bananiers plantains issus des fragments de tige. Il présente ensuite litinéraire technique préconisé pour la culture de la banane plantain. Le lecteur y découvrira également des informations utiles sur certains aspects économiques et...
  39. 01/01/2008 Ever wanted to know the genus name for a coconut? Intended for all your research needs, this encyclopedia is a comprehensive collection of information on temperate and tropical fruit and nut crops. Entries are grouped alphabetically by family and then by species, making it easy to find the...
  40. 10/06/2019 Danny Blank teaches tropical farmers how to take advantage of their climate to have year-round food production. With many helpful photos and illustrations, Blank lays out numerous strategies to dramatically increase the food supply and win the fight against malnutrition and hunger. Produced by...
  41. Twenty-five of the best fruits and nuts found in the rainforest and savanna areas of northwest Congo.
  42. The pomelo, shaddock, or in scientific terms Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis, is the largest citrus fruit from the family Rutaceae. It is a natural, i.e. non-hybrid citrus fruit, similar in appearance to a large grapefruit, native to South and Southeast Asia.
  43. lso known as Jamaican Cherry, this fast grower produces an abundance of small red fruit with a sweet and unique flavor. The flowers resemble strawberry flowers and the fruit resembles little red cherries, hence its common names, Strawberry Tree and Jamaican Cherry. It fruits nearly all year long...
  44. When Bill and his wife Wendy set up home six years ago in the middle of Queensland's tropical jungle, the majical colours, shapes and textures of the truits that surrounded them prompted the Coopers into action. Together, they have colleted and recorded--and Bill has illustrated with remarkable...
  45. 01/01/1970 Proceedings of the Symposium. Papers on Macadamia, Lychee, Fruits of Israel, Citrus, Banana, Cacao, Minor Tropical Fruit in Florida, and mango and avocado.
  46. Everything from soup to nuts-appetizers, soups, relishes, wines and liqueurs. Included are 140 recipes for 42 tropical fruits, each of which is fully described and illustrated in full color. Also included is information on calories and vitamins as well as directions for freezing, wine making,...
  47. A useful list of fruits with notations concerning temperature at which Harm or Kill occurs along with columns for Water and pH
  48. 01/01/1989 This manual, by Victor Galan Sauco, successfully summarizes the history and current state of litchi cultivation throughout the world and will be a great help both to growers, for whom it will serve as a guide to cultural practices, and to researchers, for whom it will provide a valuable review of...
  49. Five Decades with Tropical Fruit is the personal journey of WIlliam Francis Whitman. This 496-page book contains his collected papers and hundreds of photographs extending back to when he got the tropical fruit "bug" on a 1947 trek to Tahiti. 2 Copies
  50. Banana is a large, perennial plant growing around 8 metres tall. Looking somewhat like a tree, it is a herbaceous plant whose top growth dies after flowering, to be replaced by new growth from the rootstock. Bananas are a staple food and one of the most prolific of all food crops, producing more...
  51. Ficus(/ˈfaɪkəs/ or /ˈfiːkəs/) is a genus of about 850 species of woody trees, shrubs, vines, epiphytes and hemiepiphytes in the family Moraceae. Collectively known asfigtrees or figs, they are native throughout the tropics with a few species extending into the semi-warm temperate zone....
  52. Les arbres fruitiers tropicaux fournissent une source de nourriture fiable, souvent pendant les périodes de l’année où la nourriture est rare. Une fois établis, les arbres peuvent donner des fruits même lorsque les conditions environnementales fluctuent de manière considérable, contribuant ainsi...
  53. Avocado,Persea americana, is an evergreen tree in the family Lauraceae which grown for its nutritious fruit, the avocado. The avocado tree is large and dome shaped with oval or elliptical leaves arranged in a spiral on the tips of branches. The leaves have a red pigmentation when they first...
  54. 19/01/1976 File: Download [PDF File] Author(s): United States Agricultural Research Service.,United States Science and Education Administration.,United States. Agricultural Research Service. Subject(s): Tropical fruit,tropical and subtropical fruits Format: v. : ill. ; 26 cm. Note: Pts. 1-4 appeared as no....
  55. 19/01/1987 File: Download [PDF File] Author(s): Martin, Franklin W.,Campbell, Carl W.,Ruberte, Ruth M.,United States. Agricultural Research Service. Subject(s): Plants, Edible -- Tropics.,Tropical fruit. Format: 247 p. Coverage: tropics Language: English Publisher: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural...
  56. OISAT is an information management concept on non-chemical pest management in the tropics comprising two components: OISATInfo is a web-based information tool offering trainers, extension workers and farmers a quick access to up-to-date information for their work and for organizing agricultural...
  57. Phyllanthus acidus, known as the Otaheite gooseberry, Malay gooseberry, Tahitian gooseberry, country gooseberry, star gooseberry, starberry, West India gooseberry, or simply gooseberry tree, is one of the trees with edible small yellow berries fruit in the family Phyllanthaceae Phyllanthus...
  58. This publication offers scientists, graduate students, extension faculty, and other professionals an opportunity to increase their knowledge of tropical fruit crop horticulture, production, and plant physiology.
  59. Key Resource 01/01/1987 Plantain Bananas covers in detail the characteristics and requirements of the crop and how to grow it in a variety of African Zones and farming systems, with relevance to Caribbean and other tropical areas.
  60. 19/01/1972 This book includes information on vegetables and fruits in west africa; their nutritional values, growth; pracitial growing, school gardening; soil conservation and extension techniques.
  61. 20/05/2008 Delicious, lethal, hallucinogenic and medicinal, fruits have led nations to war, fueled dictatorships and lured people into new worlds. An expedition through the fascinating world of fruit,The Fruit Huntersis the engrossing story of some of Earth's most desired foods. In lustrous prose, Adam...
  62. Hylocereus undatusis a lithophytic or hemiepiphyticcactuswith creeping, sprawling or clambering stems. It branch profusely. The stems are green, with generally 3 ribs, up to 33 feet (10 m) long, with joints up to 4 feet (1.2 m) long and up to 4.8 inches (12 cm) wide. They climb by use of aerial...
  63. Origin:The place of origin of the guava is uncertain, but it is believed to be an area extending from southern Mexico into or through Central America. It has been spread by man, birds and other animals to all warm areas of tropical America and in the West Indies.
  64. Key Resource 10/12/2007 It has been recognized that an important factor in improving the viability of rural livelihoods in developing countries is the promotion of sustainable agriculture. As opposed to relying solely on cash crops, this can be more easily achieved through the domestication of various indigenous fruit...
  65. C. latifolia,is known by many names such as Tahitian lime, Bearss lime, and Persian lime. The nearly-thornless trees grow vigorously to a medium-large size with a spreading form and have white blossoms. Persian lime trees are more cold-hardy than Mexican lime trees and should do well in areas...
  66. Abstract, International Clinical Pathology Journal, 2017 SK Thind, Punjab Agricultural University, India India is the second largest producer of fruits in the world, contributing 10% of the total production. But, the total production is quite below (45.496million tons from 37.96million hectares)...
  67. 19/01/1920 The reason for scarcity of fruits in regions where, by climatic indications, one would expect them to be most abundant, is not to be found in any single fact, but is, perhaps, largely the result of three causes: first, the enervating effect of heat, which discourages man from undertaking work...