Commercialization of Prosopis Juliflora Products from Affected Areas
Manufacturing Prosopis products and creating livelihoods for local communities
The initiative creates alternative incomes for pastoral communities by manufacturing Prosopis products and helping to generate markets for them. At the same time, the initiative contributes to controlling the spread of this invasive species, thus helping to conserve biodiversity. Proposis julifora currently covers an area of over 10,000 square kilometers in Kenya and continues to spread due to prolific seeding. Ongoing complementary research projects on Prosopis products have attracted considerable interest from many potential commercial users in Kenya. By purchasing, transporting, adding value and carrying out market activities, the initiative aims to link the local communities who manufacture Prosopis products to markets in Kenya and abroad.
Juliflora: a local NGO, promotes the commercialJuliflora, a local NGO, promotes the commercial use of Prosopis in Kenya.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) provides some funds and technical support and assists with research.
The Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) provides technical guidance for the felling programme and cleared sites.
Kenya Juliflora Ltd. links communities, which produce Prosopis products to the regional and national markets.