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
    2011-01-20 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...
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    1998-06-01 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. 1992-07-19 A novel idea has been to grow some fruit trees, like bananas and coconuts, in circles about 3 meters in diameter.
  5. 2005-01-20 A relative of pear, apple, and peach, the loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) tree is a lesser-known fruit.
  6. 2004-10-20 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. 1996-10-19 The atemoya is one of those fewfruits that can be considered a fully adequate dessert.
  8. 1995-10-19 "Fruits of Warm Climates" is an authoritative source for information on sub/tropical fruits from around the world.
  9. 1992-06-19 A method for using the fruit ("apple") to which the cashew nut is attached.
  10. Key Resource 2011-01-20 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. 2007-01-20 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. 2006-07-20 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 1976-09-01 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 1992-01-19 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. 2017-02-09 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 1993-12-01 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 1998-05-01 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 1987-11-01 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 2006-11-01 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. 2002-07-20 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. 2012-04-01 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. 2008-01-20 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. 2016-03-17 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 Fruit flies inject their eggs in fruit. A single fruit fly can lay hundreds of eggs, which turn into white worms that eat the inside of fruit. If no action is taken, fruit flies quickly increase in numbers and can destroy your entire crop. Always combine different...
  31. AccessAgriculture Training Video It takes a few minutes for a fruit fly to find a suitable spot on the mango and inject her eggs under the skin of the fruit. But even in that short time, the weaver ants will have either chased her away or have captured her. Their scent also helps. When other...
  32. AccessAgriculture Training Video Harvest is a very crucial part of your work as a farmer. If you get it right you will be rewarded with higher yields and better fruit quality – which translates to more income. In this video we will show you what you need to do to improve your harvesting practice....
  33. AccessAgriculture Training Video Weaver ants help to protect your fruit and nuts from fruit flies and many other pests. If you don’t have weaver ants in your orchard yet, collect all the nests from an ant colony and transfer them to one of your fruit trees. Help the ants to spread to more trees...
  34. AccessAgriculture Training Video Food baits can be used as a spot spray or in bait stations. Fruit flies can detect food baits over short distances, up to 10 metres. Some baits contain a natural insecticide that is allowed in organic fruit production.
  35. AccessAgriculture Training Video Growing mango is full of challenges. To be successful as a mango farmer you should know how to confront them. One of these challenges is Anthracnose. It is a very widespread disease in humid environments, like the tropical parts of Ghana. This video will show you...
  36. AccessAgriculture Training Video Bacterial Black Spot disease weakens branches and causes fruit to drop. If not treated, it can devastate your entire plantation. Once the disease breaks out in a certain area, it spreads further and further every year. In this video you will learn how to stop it....
  37. AccessAgriculture Training Video In the wider space between the double rows of pineapple, you can grow beans or groundnuts during the first year. This improves the soil. Most farmers cut down all the trees to establish pineapple gardens. But they are wrong. In fact, pineapples grow best and give...
  38. 2008-05-20 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...
  39. Key Resource 1987-01-01 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.
  40. 1920-01-19 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...
  41. 2011-01-20 An adaptable and ecological food source, plantain production can benefit enormously from a number of new production techniques. This practical, well-illustrated guide provides a step-by-step description of the main stages of producing plantain from stem fragments (PIF). An ideal resource for...
  42. 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...
  43. 2008-01-01 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...
  44. 2019-06-10 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...
  45. Twenty-five of the best fruits and nuts found in the rainforest and savanna areas of northwest Congo.
  46. 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.
  47. 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...
  48. 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...
  49. 1970-01-01 Proceedings of the Symposium. Papers on Macadamia, Lychee, Fruits of Israel, Citrus, Banana, Cacao, Minor Tropical Fruit in Florida, and mango and avocado.
  50. 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.
  51. 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,...
  52. 1972-01-19 This book includes information on vegetables and fruits in west africa; their nutritional values, growth; pracitial growing, school gardening; soil conservation and extension techniques.
  53. Key Resource 2007-12-10 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...
  54. 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)...
  55. A useful list of fruits with notations concerning temperature at which Harm or Kill occurs along with columns for Water and pH
  56. 1989-01-01 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...
  57. 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
  58. 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...
  59. 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....
  60. Tropical fruit trees provide a reliable source of food, often during times of the year when food is scarce. Once established, trees can bear fruit even as environmental conditions fluctuate drastically and thus contribute to farm resiliency. Fruit trees, once established, require less labor than...
  61. 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...
  62. 1976-01-19 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....
  63. 1987-01-19 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...
  64. 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...
  65. 1990-03-09 A description of the principles and techniques of horticulture in Africa followed by details of growing a wide range of vegetables and fruits including many indigenous types. Aspects of nutrition, food processing and preservation, soil fertility, irrigation and plant protection are covered.
  66. This book is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of growing and marketing custard apples. It combines information based on neww research findings and established growing practices. Sixteen pages of colour plates have been added to this revised edition to help readers identify pest, diseases and...
  67. The books's forcus is on commercial production rather than subsistence. It emphasizes techniques to produce good quality fruits and nuts that can be sold and fetch good prices. It outlines techniques for propagating and planting, gives options for processing produce of each species, and tells how...
  68. This book features both common and hard-to-find fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and bamboo for Southwest Florida. It includes fruiting trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, fruiting vines, brambles, tropical vegetables, herbs, spices, bamboo, tropical and subtropical fruit tree ripening chart,...
  69. The author attemps in this book to put together all the available information on some of the promising fruits of note in the country. Foreign publications were surveyed and cited as additional information resource but their being subject to applicability to local condition is only too well...
  70. This publication deals with edible tropical fruits and nuts including thosethat grow in Puerto Rico.
  71. This publication describes the genetic resources of breadfruit and provides an in-depth look at the current status of breadfruit conservation and the extent of ex situ germplasm collections, especially in the Pacific Islands. The extensive technical and ethnobotanical literature on distribtuion,...
  72. The purpose of this handbook is to provide a dianostic guide and general reference for diseases affecting perenial fruit and nut crops. although emphasis is given to crops grown in the tropics and subtropics, most of the important fruit crops grown in Australia are included. The book has been...
  73. This book contains an overview of 64 fruit species in a nutshell: each fruit crop is described giving information on major producing countries, uses, nutritional values, origin, vegetative and reproductive traits, pollination, cultivars, ecological requirements, propagation, planting and care,...
  74. Key Resource 2011-01-20 While products such as bananas, pineapples, kiwifruit and citrus have long been available to consumers in temperate zones, new fruits such as lychee, longan, carambola, and mangosteen are now also entering the market. Confirmation of the health benefits of tropical and subtropical fruit may also...
  75. Key Resource 2011-01-20 While products such as bananas, pineapples, kiwifruit and citrus have long been available to consumers in temperate zones, new fruits such as lychee, longan, carambola, and mangosteen are now also entering the market. Confirmation of the health benefits of tropical and subtropical fruit may also...
  76. Key Resource 2011-01-20 While products such as bananas, pineapples, kiwifruit and citrus have long been available to consumers in temperate zones, new fruits such as lychee, longan, carambola, and mangosteen are now also entering the market. Confirmation of the health benefits of tropical and subtropical fruit may also...
  77. This book discusses Papaya and its health benefits. 2 Copies
  78. This book was written to honor the founders of the Institute, and with the hope that it will be enjoyed not only by them but also by everyone who has ever sat down to the season's first fresh strawberries and found them delightful. The garden strawberry of today is traceable only to the...
  79. This book is intended for anyone interested in growing kiwifruit. It is one of the most expensive fruits, if you consider its unit price. In the book we will look at the general requirements for growing kiwifruit. This book does not deal with the economics of production. The grower will have to...
  80. This book includes chapters on the olive industry, botanical description, orchard planning, the olive tree and fruit, pest management, harvesting and processing the crop.
  81. Here is a guide to the vast array of exotic fruits and other delicious edibles from the sunny tropics and subtropics. It lists and illustrates more than 70 useful plants and gives growing instructions, sources, recipes, and fascinating facts about each one.
  82. This is the third volume in a series on tropical and subtropical fruits. The editors collaborated with 24 scientists in preparation of this current volume, which contains 14 chapters covering 23 fruits. Major processed fruits covered are mango and pineapple. Emerging fruit crops that are...
  83. 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...
  84. This book explains how to chose the right type of fruit. It discusses the buying, planting, types, and troubles of tree fruit and soft fruit. Also included in a fruit index.
  85. 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.
  86. 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...