Wild Mushrooms

Valorisation and marketing of tropical wild edible mushrooms

Non-wood forest products (NWFP) play an important role for the livelihood and resilience of rural communities through their contribution to food and nutrition security (self-consumption) and by offering an interesting marketing potential. Wild edible mushrooms are abundant during the rainy season in the tropics and particularly plentiful in the Miombo woodlands of southeastern Africa. Most of the Miombo trees are ectomycorrhizal: Their roots live in symbiosis with mushroom mycelia and many of them are edible and have high nutritional and energy values. The risk of unsustainable use of mushrooms is low since only the fruit bodies of the macro fungi are harvested.

Fresh and dried mushrooms are frequently sold at local and national markets and along roadsides. However, their marketing is subject to several constraints: poorly developed market chain (low organisational structure and little networking of the actors amongst each other, missing engagement of private sector and little developed entrepreneurship), long transport distances and access during the rainy season, poor quality and conditioning of the product (drying technique, storage facilities, and hygienic aspects).

Dr. Urs Bloesch is member of a mycological society ( and a certified wild mushroom controller in Switzerland (VAPKO).

The following consultancies have been carried out:

Tanzania Assessment of the potential of wild edible mushrooms in the Miombo woodlands of the Selous Niassa Wildlife Corridor (SNWC) for the livelihood improvement of the local population (1. study); marketing potential of wild edible mushrooms in the SNWC (2. study); Elaboration of mushroom flyerGTZ7/ADAP92008/09
Inventory and marketing potential of wild mushrooms in Miombo woodlands of Western TanzaniaADAP92020

Copies of the mission reports may be obtained at

7 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit
9 Association for the Development of Protected Areas

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