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Published on Nov 14, 2012
Okok, a leafy vine found across the Congo Basin, is such a popular dish that in many villages, a woman won't find a husband if she can't cook it!
But despite the high demand and increasingly unsustainable harvest, forest communities in Cameroon received low prices for the product.
Now, in collaboration with CIFOR, villagers are establishing plantations of the vine inside the forest, boosting their income, feeding a voracious market - and maybe even helping to prevent deforestation.