Veld products include foods, medicines, craft materials, tannins, gums, resins, dyes, essential oils, florist materials, ornamental plants, insects, horns, hides, skins and many other renewable natural resources. Veld Products Research & Development (VPR&D), is a Botswana-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), established in 1981 to research and develop a wide range of veld products and to investigate suitable management systems for natural resources in order to ensure sustainable utilisation. VPR&D's main research sites and nursery facilities are located in Gabane, a village 18 kms west of Gaborone. A Board of Directors comprised of individuals who are farmers in the Gabane community as well as senior people in Government and in other NGOs governs VPR&D. In addition to its nursery-based research, VPR&D undertakes field activities throughout Botswana and the Southern Africa region. These activities include community-based project activities as well work on indigenous fruit tree planting trials and agroforestry trial plots located throughout Botswana. To undertake research and development projects in partnership with rural communities and households to improve their quality of life through the sustainable utilisation and managementof veld resources. Objectives Grappling in Botswana, walking transects. To research all aspects of veld products: including identification, processing, production and marketing and sustainable management practices. Beekeeping and honey products from Africa. To improve the quality of life of rural people through the creation of income generating and household food security activities based on natural resources. Socio Economic problems in Botswana. To domesticate and genetically improve indigenous fruit trees and other plants of socio-economic importance.