Between the years 2000 – 2005, Nigeria lost around 55% of its’ primary forests, causing the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to record it as having the highest rate of deforestation in the world. Nigeria has been facing mass deforestation ever since due to both legal and illegal timber trade. This has caused the timber trade to become one of the few sources of income for the local people.
Allanblackia is a high potential tree crop that could change the way people view the natural environment around them as they grow and harvest the Allanblackia tree as their employment, instead of cutting the trees down. The Allanblackia tree is indigenous to the Equatorial Rainforest in Africa and some of the Allanblackia species are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red list of endangered species.