Studying the Use of Mezquite to Improve Welfare of Communities in Arid and Semi-arid Zones of the World


    The project’s long term ambition is to improve the welfare of less advantaged community groups in the drylands of developing countries, including Mexico, Kenya and Tanzania using Mezquite (Prosopis spp)

    Mezquite, a tree native to the arid and semi-arid zones of Mexico is extremely resistant to drought and is one of the few species that grows where other plants are unable to survive. In Mexico, we aim to encourage communities to use mezquite in a sustainable and holistic way and encourage reforestation.

    Management of mezquite in Africa is challenging and complex, because the tree has become an invasive species that requires a multi-sectorial, multi-disciplinary and multi-national approach. In areas where control by eradication is not possible, we can help communities to utilize mezquite in a productive and commercial way through sharing of traditional and indigenous knowledge from the project member states (Tanzania, Kenya, UK and Mexico) and to enhance research capabilities and innovation in the use and management of mezquite.


    World Vision Somalia and Australian government

    Principle Instigator
    Dr. Koech Oscar