Francis Musinguzi

Musinguzi, Mbakania – The African Cherry Orchard

Date grant awarded: August 2019

The African Cherry Orchard project was started by Francis Musinguzi with the intent of establishing a conservation site for the Prunus Africana Tree (African Cherry) in Fort Portal, Uganda by planting an orchard. This project is twofold in that it will raise awareness on the priceless value of Prunus Africana as a miracle, anti-prostate cancer medicinal plant. Globally, prostate cancer is the second most commonly occurring cancer in men with 1.3 million new cases in 2018. Additionally this project will reduce the tree’s fateful dwindling of its wild population caused by unsustainable harvest. Prunus Africana is currently protected under appendix II of CITES, meaning that trade in this species is only permitted if an appropriate export permit and certificate of origin from a given country is held.

The statistics and the narrative tell it all, and as such, Francis was inspired to begin an initiative that addresses the above challenges in a small but deliberate way; to reverse the tide of prostate cancer in men, increase the population stand of Prunus Africana and ensure its sustainable harvest in the future. In the project, Francis Musinguzi and his project partner, Joshua Mbakania, are going to establish a Prunus Africana orchard at a conservation site and raise a nursery to facilitate supply of planting materials to other to farmers, foresters, landscapers. We believe that planting an orchard is the first step to ensuring the safety of the orchard habitat.