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George Sekonya is a PhD student within the SARChI Research Chair on Social and Environmental Dimensions of the Bio-economy in the in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Trained in ecology, geography and resource managements, George has practical work experience in integrated environmental management and environmental monitoring. His research focuses on the governance, commercialisation and conservation natural resources.
Urbanization and scarce income-earning opportunities have led to increasing commercialization of non-timber forest products in southern Africa, including the nutritious mopane worm Imbrasia (=Gonimbrasia) belina. The mopane worm contributes substantially to incomes and food security in households across the region, but little research has addressed...
For centuries, nontimber forest products have been key aspects of household diets throughout the world. In southern Africa, mopane worms are widely harvested for household consumption and traded for income generation. This study investigated the contribution of mopane worm harvesting to rural livelihoods, and the effects of environmental change on...