The West-African indigenous tree, Carapa procera has multiple properties with huge potential for increasing rural communities’ climate resilience. The oil of Carapa procera nuts are notably used in traditional medicine and for cosmetics. In Upper Guinea, Carapa procera is also used as a wildfire breaker solution. Wildfire reduction is crucial to increase food security, biodiversity and habitat protection and sustain development in West Africa.
My name is Mamadou Samoura. Carapa procera is a tree that is often used to fence in plantations, because of its environmental and medicinal importance. What you’re looking at is a living hedge that was prepared by Mr Sidibé, a skilled farmer to be congratulated. As I said, Carapa procera is used as a green firebreak, a living hedge. The leaves that fall to the ground keep it moist, and these same leaves prevent fire from getting through. The bark and fruit of Carapa procera are used for medicinal purposes (ear treatment, to combat haemorrhoids, etc.), including the preparation of black soap. I would advise the NGO ANADEG to give priority and great importance to this species, Carapa procera, taking into account its environmental importance and its importance in traditional medicine. If a seasoned farmer chooses to use Carapa procera, his plantation will be protected and will not burn, thanks to the Carapa procera leaves.
Translation of video:
My name is Kalil Sidibe from Kamandoukoura, I am in my fenced Carapa procera plantation.
Since 1998 I’ve left Conakry and I’ve noticed that under the Carapa procera trees there’s moisture and the fire doesn’t burn the piled-up leaves. That’s why I was interested in this species to enclose my plantation.
This plant also treats stomach aches, and prevents dry wind, bush fire and animals from entering the plantation.
When fenced in, the species protects itself and produces high humidity for the plantation.
With a distance of 1m or 1/2 m between plants, animals cannot get in.