Elephant Pepper Development Trust

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The Elephant Pepper Development Trust is a non-profit educational organization aimed at resolving human-wildlife conflict in rural areas of Africa. Established in Zimbabwe in November 1997,[1] the organization utilizes research, education, and dissemination of community-based problem animal control methods that are safe, low-cost, and effective.


The basic concept behind the EPDT is that by teaching African farmers to grow chili peppers as a barrier crop, it provides them with a defense against elephants foraging on their crops, in addition to providing additional revenue through the sale of the peppers and hot sauces produced from them.[2]


  1. ^ "Background Information-The Elephant Pepper Development Trust" (PDF). Development Marketplace Project Completion Summary. World Bank. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Elephant Pepper Development Trust". Wildlife Conservation Society. Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 

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