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Title:Socio and economic importance of Grewia flava to the people of western parts of Kweneng District and factors affecting its spatial distribution in Botswana
Author:Mainah, JohnISNI
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:edible plants
Environment, Ecology
Grewia flava
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41235983
Abstract:The utilization of products of 'Grewia flava' (common name 'raisin bush' or 'moretlwa' in Setswana) by rural communities in Botswana has an important subsistence role in their lifestyle. The range of recognized uses include whole berries as snacks, the making of traditional beer, the sale of ripe berries and the utilization of woody stems for building shelters and fencing. This study examines factors that influence the spatial distribution of G. flava as observed by district residents, and its positive socioeconomic importance to those living in the Kalahari region. The study was carried out in Motokwe and Khekhenye villages in the western part of Kweneng District. The inhabitants are Bakgalagadi and Basarwa who depend on natural resources, mainly of flora and fauna origin, for survival. The respondents indicated the major factors that affect G. flava distribution to be climatic (rainfall) and human impacts (settlements, livestock grazing). Utilization of G. flava varied with the preference attached to a particular part of the plant. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]