Technology and Conservation
shea processing involves heavy inputs of fuelwood
and female labor. In order to conserve the tree as
a local natural resource, the economic utility of
shea-nut and shea-butter must 'compete' with the short-term
cash value of the tree as a sack or two of charcoal.
technology introduced under the Shea Project reduces
both female labor and fuelwood inputs, reinforcing the
productive utility of the species and reducing
environmental impacts of processing.