Shea fruits, nuts, and butter are non-timber forest products from the shea tree
(Vitellaria paradoxa), the most widely occurring species in parklands in West Africa.
Shea butter, derived from the African shea tree, has acquired a pivotal position in global agro-food and cosmetics industries.
Shea nuts are obtained from the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), which grows across a 5000 kilometre-wide expanse of semi-arid savanna, south of the Sahara.
Masters ET, Yidiana JA and Lovett PN (2004) Reinforcing sound management through trade: Shea tree products in Africa.
Research and development of shea trees and shea products.
The shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) is an indigenous fruit tree with enormous nutritional benefits .
Five kilograms of shea fruits were randomly collected from under the different shea trees in each district.
Katakwi and Lira districts with the highest shea oil content are characterized by bi-modal rains, which are usually experienced between April to August with hot and dry season occurring from November to February which is the fruiting season for shea trees.
[15.] Maranz S and Z Weisman Evidence of indigenous selection and distribution of the shea trees (Vitellaria paradoxa) and its potential significance to prevailing parkland savanna tree patterns in Sub Saharan Africa north of equator.
- Reducing the practice of savage cuts of the shea tree
- Protection of the shea tree against the effects of wildfires .
The project aims to inform and educate people about the laws and cultural taboos that protect the shea tree and get their support for the need for better protection of the shea resource .