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KAKUMA, Kenya, Oct 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Turkana County is one of Kenya’s most arid regions, but land near the town of Kakuma sports a dense thicket of thorny trees. That’s not good news. The plant is Prosopis juliflora, a fast-growing invasive species that has wreaked havoc by taking over land once used for pasture, choking rivers and overwhelming indigenous trees in this part of northwest Kenya.

 

But a clever plot is now underway to clear the invader – by turning it into charcoal for an energy-starved refugee camp nearby, while providing jobs for local people.

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