Increasing the supply of Allanblackia oil to meet demand takes time and comes with a variety of challenges, from growing the trees themselves to ensuring long-term social and environmental sustainability.

Right now, Allanblackia oil comes from seeds harvested in the wild. A few farmers have started to plant or retained Allanblackia trees on their farms to supplement their income from cocoa, plantain, spices and other commodities, but even this is not enough to meet expected future demand.

Ultimately, the goal is to continue incorporating Allanblackia into small holder farms and to develop a sustainable agroforestry model where farmers plant trees at a scale large enough to meet demand and in a way that protects biodiversity and the local landscape.

How to Get There

To increase production, more local farmers must become interested in planting Allanblackia, and more trees must be available for them to plant.

While the word is spreading about the benefits of Allanblackia, others are working on domesticating the tree and establishing best practice guidelines for planting it at scale.

Allanblackia: A tree for Africa and its people