In East and Central Africa, medicnal and aromatic plants play an important role in the health of millions of people. Demand for medicinal plants is increasing as the population grows. Over-use of the medicinal and aromatic plants cause further economic, social and ecological deterioration. The traditional knowledge, uses and economic contribution of medicinal and aromatic plants to the rural economy in the region were studied. The direct and indirect effects of the human activities on this region are discussed. This paper also discusses challenges and constraints in relation to conservation. Strategies for enhancing the development of a medicnal and aromatic plants industry are suggestive.
EL-Kamali, Hatil Hashim
"Medicinal Plants in East and Central Africa: Challenges and Constraints,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2009
, Article 12.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2009/iss2/12