In the last thirty years, Prosopis juliflora, a hardy well-rooted shrub made its way from Latin America to all parts of the world, covering millions of hectares in for instance India, Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia or Ethiopia. In many places it was first introduced in sand dune stabilization projects. However, prosopis has the habit to ‘overstay its welcome’ and expand rapidly and not go away. The area estimated conquered by the invasive species in the last ten years in India, Pakistan, Yemen, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia is way above 10 million hectares.
This video captures how Prosopis has taken root in Afar (Northern Ethiopia), and how government authorities/ local communities have been dealing with its presence and harmful effects.
More info: http://spate-irrigation.org/resource-documents/library-2/addis-ababa-2014/
Produced by: Spate Irrigation Network
Region: Ethiopia, East Africa