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Prosopis Digital Resource

The expansion of the Prosopis Juliflora has been a serious problem in the countries of the Horn of Africa. The Species crosses borders and affects the entire ecosystem and environment of the poverty stricken pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in countries like Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. For instance, Prosopis was introduced to the Sudan to stop the expansion of desert sand but no preliminary long-term impact study was made. Prosopis seeds were distributed through animal dung and it has replaced palatable and nutritious indigenous vegetation. In Sudan physical eradication methods have not worked and in Somalia the spread of Prosopis has become nationwide issue. The alternative approach based on PENHA’s previous experience in Eastern Sudan, is now being introduced to Somaliland. Prosopis is considered as an underutilized resource rather than only an ecological menace.