Last week I did my annual baobab fruit monitoring trip where I gather research information on a spcecific population of 40 baobab trees. This year I am looking at how much fruit each tree produces each year and how that varies from season to season and between land use types. Usually I have a field assistant whom I hire from the village, but this time I decided to train some of the fruit harvesters how to do the monitoring. They found it really interesting and now have a better understanding of resource management. It's part of a long-term development plan and very important for the harvesters to know how to monitor as one day they will be doing all the monitoring themselves!