Charles Darwin would have been happy. On the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th since the publication of On the Origin of Species, the curator of his private herbarium collection held at Kew Gardens has become famous. He was a Scottish botanist called Allan Black, and a tree named after him is crossing the boundary from wild to domesticated. Deep in the rainforest belt of West Africa, Kofi Abijye is leading efforts to derive a livelihood from Allan Black’s wild tree.

His daughter chops up large oranges and hands them around. Kofi points across the clearing to their big hope for the ...


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