The Shea Project 2008-2012.pdf

NUSPA in Lexus Magazine.pdf


The Shea Butter Tree in Uganda

In the districts of northern and eastern Uganda, the shea-butter tree is the most conspicuous of the useful trees conserved when clearing land for cultivation. In traditional farming systems, the shea tree grows with millet, sorghum, pigeon pea, cotton, cowpea, beans, cassava and even banana.

Protection of young shea trees is the most critical issue in the regenerative stability of the agro-ecosystem, as the developing tree can remain less than a meter in height for several years, and does not become productive (useful) until its 15th or 20th year. The wood of the shea tree is heavy, strong and termite resistant. It also makes excellent charcoal.