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Cultivation projects in Uganda

High in the hills of Uganda, alongside the Rwenzoi mountain range, lies the quiet town of Fort Portal.  Its peaceful appearance belies a vibrant, rapidly developing and ambitious young botanic garden, that demonstrates how the benefits of conserving plants can be linked with the community.

Torro Botanic Garden aims to become a centre of excellence in growing, maintaining and displaying living collections  of Albertine Rift plants for a variety of purposes: conservation, education, research, horticulture, recreation, food and medicine.

It is undertaking research with a local NGO called SATNET (Sustainable Agriculture Trainers Network, Fort Portal), on the production of herbs and spices, and also the use of Artemisia annua against Malaria.  The garden is also involved in drying and processing A.annua and Centella asiactica to produce herbal extracts against malaria and peptic ulcers.

The garden also aims to build capacity for the conservation and use of indigenous plant species.  It encourages local organic practices and soon plans to set up a home garden herb and spice cultivation project to provide financial support for low-income women in the local community.



African Botanic Gardens Network

The African Botanic Gardens Network promotes and supports the work of botanical gardens and associated institutions through education, conservation and sustainable use of plants for development, poverty alleviation and halting biodiversity loss.

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Working With Clinics for Local Healthcare Needs in South Africa

Garden Route Botanical Garden is working with local healthcare clinics with limited supplies on conventional medications, to encourage the safe use of medicinal plants for common ailments.

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