The Neem tree
The Neem (Azadirachta Indica) is a holy tree with a lot of skills. It comes from the East Indies and more precisely from the South of the Himalayas.
A text of traditional medicine (Brihat Samhita de Varahamihira) even recommends planting a Neem tree near each house. The Hindu holy texts are about the sarve roga nirvarini which means: “the one who cures every disease”. In popular speech, the Neem is called: “the village’s pharmacy”!
The Neem in the world
The international network of the Neem was set in 1194. It centres its activities on exploring and evaluating the genetic diversity of the Neem. Some national institutes in 23 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe take part in the network activities. The general coordination is secured by the Department of the Forests, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). The technical medium that is to say the engineers and the laboratories, is secured by the Danida Centre of the Forest Seeds (DFSC), now incorporated to the Forest and Landscape Denmark (Danish Centre independent of the Copenhagen University (UC) for the forest, landscapes and the planning).