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Talk with Enviropreneurs

Talk with Enviropreneurs

There are entrepeneurs, solopreneurs, socialpreneurs. And then there are enviropreneurs! In April 2017 I was invited to give a talk on Enviropreneurship to students from the University of Venda.

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Where did that baobab come from?

Where did that baobab come from?

There are 8 different species of Baobab trees 6 of which are native to Madagascar, one in Africa and one in Australia. There’s a lot of controversy about where the Baobab tree originated  as it’s often been assumed that Madagascar is the centre of origin because it has the most different species. This implies that […]

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What’s in a name: baobab

What’s in a name: baobab

Across Africa baobabs are known by many different names and we know that the fruit have been used for thousands of years. However, the first detailed botanical descriptions were made by Prospero Alpini, a 16th Century physician and botanist living in Venice who spent three years in Cairo. He first saw the fruit being sold in […]

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The Mysterious Life of Baobab Flowers

The Mysterious Life of Baobab Flowers

How are baobab flowers pollinated? It’s still a subject for considerable research and Nisa Karimi has been studying baobab flower pollination in the Limpopo area.

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2013 Jun: Tiny seedlings, big ideas

2013 Jun: Tiny seedlings, big ideas

I thought you might like to see this video interview I did with Johrne van Huyssteen.  This video was made for De Kat TV. Have a look at it here. http://buff.ly/1b3mrqS

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where do you go with the baobab fruit?

where do you go with the baobab fruit?

Last week while on a photo shoot in Venda,  the harvesters asked me where I went with all the baobab fruit I buy from them.  So I said, why don’t you come and see?  We worked out the taxi money from Venda and back and set a date for the following Thursday.   The women […]

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we all need a livelihood strategy: what’s yours?

we all need a livelihood strategy: what’s yours?

This is Sani Mudau. When I was visiting the village last week she was busy with an embroidery while she was waiting for her turn to be paid for the fruit she had collected. Since it's Women's Day today I thought I would celebrate the local Venda women. Many rural women have something called a […]

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Famous Baobabs: Chapman’s Baobab

Famous Baobabs: Chapman’s Baobab

This well-known tree has many documented references to it in the journals of early travellers and foreign explorers to the region, many of whom left inscriptions on its massive trunk which can still be seen today. The tree even served as an unofficial post office for these 19th-century explorers.

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Zimbabwean Entrepreneur To Create Global Market For Baobab

Zimbabwean Entrepreneur To Create Global Market For Baobab

Gus Le Breton, a zimbabwean entrepreneur is the owner of B’Ayoba and wants to create a global market for baobab oil and baobab powder….

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Baobab Ecology Article Published in Prestigious Journal

Baobab Ecology Article Published in Prestigious Journal

Dr Sarah Venter, founder of the Baobab Foundation, has just had another one of her papers on the fascinating world of baobab ecology published in the prestigious international journal Forest Ecology and Management.

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