IITA-DRC Youth Agripreneurs promote “Oyster” mushrooms

Youth agripreneurs from the IITA, Kinshasha, DRC station are producing and marketing edible mushrooms called “Oysters”.

IYAKIN Agripreneur presents white mushrooms.
IYAKIN Agripreneur presents white mushrooms.

Oysters”, scientifically known as Pleurotus sajor-caju, offer important business opportunities in Congo. Although they are in high demanded and appreciated by the Congolese market, they are hard to find. Continue reading

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Taste For Mushrooms Helps Tanzanian Farmers Protect Forest

Magdalena Gwasuma
Magdalena Gwasuma

When harvests fail, farmers turn to cutting forests – but growing mushrooms could be an alternative

Gwasuma, who lives near Babati town on the edge of the Nou forest in Tanzania’s northern Manyara region, now realises she can make a living without cutting down the neighbouring trees.

Thousands of people living in the area have long depended on the forests around them to source wood for fuel or to make charcoal for a living, aid workers say.

Most are also poor farmers, like Gwasuma, who have been suffering from recurring drought and dismal harvests. Continue reading