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African oil palm agroforestry – Gabon, Cenral West Africa

February 1, 2012

This farmer was cultivating mixed beds of corn, okra, hibiscus, eggplant, tomato, and peanuts in the understory of African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis). Only a single tree species, but effective. Unlike many subsistence farmers in the area, he was mulching with weeds and palm fronds rather then throwing them all in a burn pile. I’ve included two photos of these interesting small eggplant varieties he was growing.

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