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Mathurin Tchatat

Mathurin Tchatat
Institute of Agricultural Research for Development · Forest, Soil and Environment

Ph.D in Ecology and Environment

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SUMMARY The potential of forest foods to address malnutrition, food insecurity and poor dietary intake is increasingly being recognized. However, most existing data presents average results of proximate analysis, overlooking the opportunities to document how forest foods contribute to nutrition, food security and dietary intake. In this study, food...
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The potential of forest foods to address malnutrition, food insecurity and poor dietary intake is increasingly being recognized. However, most existing data presents average results of proximate analysis, overlooking the opportunities to document how forest foods contribute to nutrition, food security and dietary intake. In this study, food securit...
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African forests act as sources of both plant and animal foods that provide significant amounts of nutrients and healthy boosting bioactive compounds. This study investigated the relationship between knowledge, perceptions and socio-demographic attributes towards consumption of forest foods. A total of 279 females in charge of decision making with r...
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Baillonella toxisperma Pierre oil is an edible oil obtained from the seeds of wildly growing timber producing B. toxisperma tree species in Cameroon and the rest of the Congo Basin forests of West and Central Africa. This oil can be an important source of fat that can be used as a source of food to humans and/or a source of raw materials in the cos...
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Baillonella toxisperma Pierre oil is an edible oil obtained from the seeds of wildly growing timber producing B. toxisperma tree species in Cameroon and the rest of the Congo Basin forests of West and Central Africa. This oil can be an important source of fat that can be used as a source of food to humans and/or a source of raw materials in the cos...
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Extensive areas of the Congo Basin forest are allocated to timber concessionaires. These forests also harbour and support village populations, including indigenous Baka people, who depend on forest foods obtained directly from trees (fruits, oils and caterpillars). Most food-producing tree species are harvested by concessionaires for timber. We doc...
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The distribution and composition of the tree component inside cocoa agroforests plays an important role in the economic and ecological services offered by these plantations. The presence of these plant components appears to be influenced by several factors controlling the introduction and management of associated plants inside cocoa agroforests. To...
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Objective: Studies were conducted to characterize the Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) from the locality of Mayo-Rey in the North Region of Cameroon for their subsequent domestication. Methodology and Results: An ethnobotanical survey was conducted among 200 people drawn from four ethnic groups (Laka, Lamé, Peulh and Toupouri). This study has ide...
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Objective: Studies were conducted to characterize the Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) from the locality of Mayo-Rey in the North Region of Cameroon for their subsequent domestication. Methodology and Results: An ethnobotanical survey was conducted among 200 people drawn from four ethnic groups (Laka, Lamé, Peulh and Toupouri). This study has ide...
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Despite evidence that cocoa agroforests are composed of different types of associated plants leading to varieties of structures, few studies have been done to assess the implications of these variations on carbon stocks. The current studies profile the carbon storage of cocoa agroforests in Southern Cameroon by: (1) evaluating the carbon stocks of...
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Objective To determine the contribution of forest foods to dietary intake and estimate their association with household food insecurity. Design Cross-sectional survey conducted among 279 households. Using a 7 d recall questionnaire, information on household food consumption was collected from women and used to determine the household dietary diver...
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Many species of timber trees in Cameroon are exploited by logging companies for timber and by forestdependent communities for non-timber forest products (NTFPs). Quantitative analyses were conducted within and near forest concessions in Cameroon to determine the density of multiple use tree species that provide both timber for industry and foods co...
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Background: The trees and non-timber forest products (NTFPs) of the Congo Basin play a key role in alleviating food insecurity among millions of people around the world. Although many studies have been conducted both nationally and regionally on issues of food insecurity in the Congo Basin, little is known on the effects of timber exploitation on h...
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Objective: To determine the contribution of forest foods to dietary intake and estimate their association with household food insecurity. Design: Cross-sectional survey conducted among 279 households. Using a 7 d recall questionnaire, information on household food consumption was collected from women and used to determine the household dietary dive...
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An analysis of the density of three species of timber trees that also produce food (Baillonella toxisperma, Entandrophragma cylindricum and Erythrophleum suaveolens), sources of edible fruits and oil (the first) and of edible caterpillars (the latter two) was carried out in timber concessions and around villages. In addition, participatory mapping...
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Much of the Congo Basin is managed for timber from dozens of species. More than 60% also produce non-timber products, including foods. For five multiple use tree species in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon (Entandrophragma cylindricum, Baillonella toxisperma, Erythrophleum suaveloens, Dacryodes buettneri and Gambeya lacourtian...
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The goal of this study was to understand the relationship between timber exploitation and changes in dietary patterns of communities adjoining forest concessions in the Congo Basin. About 724 households were randomly selected from thirty four communities living in six forest concessions of the Congo Basin. Food consumption pattern data was collecte...
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Objective: An ethnobotanical survey was conducted from January to February 2013 in Douala town relating to the various uses of alkaloids plants species by the people. Methodology and results: Ten districts were surveyed for the census alkaloid plants. These surveys helped conduct semi-structured surveys based on direct questions concerning the ther...
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Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the invasive potential of exotic ornamental plants used in urban gardens in the city of Douala. Methodology and Results: Three sites were chosen: The first was in Bonaberi, the second in Bonamoussadi and the third in Bonanjo with respectively 4, 3 and 3 urban gardens. Survey forms were submitt...
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Objective: An ethnobotanical survey was conducted from January to February 2013 in Douala town relating to the various uses of alkaloids plants species by the people. Methodology and results: Ten districts were surveyed for the census alkaloid plants. These surveys helped conduct semi-structured surveys based on direct questions concerning the ther...
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L’objectif de ce travail est de déterminer l’origine et les effets du chenal Tchad-Cameroun sur la propagation de Chromolaena odorata, Asteraceae, considérée comme mauvaise herbe dans la zone d’étude. La méthodologie suivie a comporté trois étapes : la prospection générale de la zone d’étude, le choix des itinéraires d’étude et la confection des re...
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HOw to balance the compenting demands of logging companies, conservation NGOs, local communities, mining companies and governments in the landscapes of central Africa? We explored this question through participatory modelling and scenario development. With these tools we helped the FSC Program for the Congo Basin secure an agreement between all par...
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The Loranthaceae are epiphytes hemiparasites that reduce yields fruit trees. This study aims to assess the state of safout tree infection by Loranthaceae in orchards and gardens of Logbessou plateau. Surveys were conducted to inventory the species and determine the rate of Attack. Two species of Loranthaceae were identified on the safout tree and i...
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Au Cameroun, le parasitisme par les Loranthaceae est un facteur limitant de la culture du safoutier au même titre que le caractère périssable des fruits qui réduit la durée de conservation. Des inventaires ont été effectués dans les jardins de cases du plateau de Logbessou à Douala. Tous les safoutiers susceptibles de produire, localisés dans un pé...
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L'objectif de cette étude est la contribution à la connaissance de Loranthaceae, plantes hémiparasites épiphytes. Une étude sur le parasitisme de ces plantes et leur ethnobotanique a été faite en collectant des données entre janvier et mars 2011. Les touffes de Loranthaceae ont été identifiées et comptées, sur les individus hôtes parasitées, dans l...
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Objectif : Dans le but de mettre en évidence les relations Dacryodes edulis/Loranthaceae/fourmis, la présente étude a été entreprise dans les jardins de cases et les vergers à Logbessou plateau (quartier périphérique situé au nord-est de la ville de Douala), sur une superficie d’environ 8 ha. Méthodologie et résultats : L’inventaire floristique...
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Les Loranthaceae sont des plantes parasites qui causent de nombreux dommages sur les plantes hôtes se traduisant par une réduction de la floraison, de la fructification et de la production. Dans le but de trouver une méthode de lutte efficace contre les Loranthaceae, une étude relative à l’activité myrmécophile a été menée au verger de la chefferi...
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Pericopsis elata is a timber tree with a high commercial value used as hardwood in the Congo basin forest. It is considered a threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and classified in 1992 in the annex II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The natur...
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Gnetum africanum and Gnetum bulchozianum are two slow-growing, dioecious, and morphologically similar understorey lianas that are widely distributed in the humid tropical forests of West and Central Africa. Dwindling wild stocks of the widely consumed leafy vegetable are under persistent threat from deforestation, increasing demand and harvesting p...
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Arguing that agroforestry associations are important for biodiversity conservation, certification schemes are seeking to differentiate commodities on the basis of the biodiversity included in the cropping system, in order to financially encourage more “wildlife friendly” production systems through market mechanisms. However, biologists and economis...
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The contribution of Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) and services in livelihood support has been reviewed.Quite a number of NWFPs are also important articles of commerce and contribute significantly to the economiesvarious African countries. The non-consumptive role of forests has been examined in terms of eco-tourism whilethe social and economic v...
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In the humid forest zone of Southern Cameroon, farmers generally associate cocoa with native and exotic trees in complex agroforestry systems. Despite the socio-economic and ecological importance of these systems, few studies have investigated their plant composition. We investigated tree composition of cocoa agroforests along a gradient of market...
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Cocoa-producing countries of West and Central Africa experienced a serious economic crisis in the early 1980s, when the cocoa sector was liberalized and the macroeconomic policies of the sector changed. These institutional changes created new difficulties and challenges for sustainable cocoa farming. Farmers in this region have recently turned to t...
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It is argued that appropriate management of homegardens is critical for their sustainable productivity. In southern Cameroon, this management consists of hand-hoeing the soil when grown to food crops and using no-tillage when grown to fruit trees, and ensuring of crop and weed residues, household refuse, wood ash, farmyard manure whenever available...
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Imports of pesticides have long been subsidised for use in the cocoa agroforests of the humid forest zone of southern Cameroon. With the liberalisation of the cocoa and pesticides sectors and the devaluation of the local currency (CFA franc), farmers are facing fluctuations in the price paid for cocoa and the high cost of farm inputs. Without the s...
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Dacryodes edulis, or safou, is a fruit tree native to Central Africa and the Gulf of Guinea region. It is usually present in agroforestry systems in the region, particularly in homegardens and cocoa and coffee agroforests. It plays an important role in household consumption and the surplus is sold on the rural and urban market. A lack of attention...
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Les Produits Forestiers Non Ligneux (PFAB) sont particulièrement importants pour les populations des pays de l’Afrique centrale, du fait du rapport étroit qu’entretiennent les Etats et les populations locales avec la forêt, et dans le fonctionnement global de l’écosystème. Or, ces PFAB n’ont été jusqu’à présent que peu pris en compte dans le calcul...
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The forest of Cameroon covers an area of about 200 000 km2. It extends between latitude 1° 40′ and 6° 30' North of the equator. The climate is equatorial (guinean type). The soils are mostly red ultisols. Many of the inhabitants are farmers and the agriculture consists of three land use practices : fallow, cocoa and home garden systems. Only the la...
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Home gardens in the forest areas of the central and southern provinces of Cameroon are characterized by the rich biological diversity of local and introduced species. This study is based on several surveys and field observations of 150 households in 5 villages. It describes the main crops found in this garden system, their applications, and traditi...
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"This paper therefore recommends that: (1) community forestry projects be designed to form part of a general land management concept which includes cocoa agroforests; (2) NTFPs be domesticated in cocoa agroforests to reduce pressure on the forest; and (3) that domestication projects take account of the intra- and inter-specific diversity of forests...

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Cited By
    • University of Yaounde I
    • University "Félix Houphouët-Boigny"
    • Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
    • Cirad - La recherche agronomique pour le développement
    • Centre d'Excellence Africain sur les Changements Climatiques la Biodiversité et l'Agriculture Durable (CEA-CCBAD) de l'Université Félix Houphouët Boigny (Bingerville Côte d'Ivoire)

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Projects (3)
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To generate innovative approaches to forest management in the Congo Basin by increasing multi-functionality (integrating timber and non-timber forest products) to maintain ecosystem integrity and sustain the livelihoods of forest-dependent people.
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Domestication of different forest food, medicine, etc trees using simple methods that farmers can easily reproduce