This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R7295: Prosopis juliflora and related
arboreal species: a monograph, extension manual and database.
A project to bridge a critical information gap on the valuable mesquite
tree, with inputs from 10 countries, has resulted in many valuable
publications. These include a field guide, country-specific policy
briefs on India, Ethiopia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Brazil,
other briefs on the weed problem and global issues, and many journal and
popular articles, as well as a video. Mesquite, Prosopis juliflora, is a
common species in the world's hot, arid and semi-arid regions. It
provides fuel, food, fodder, wood products (parquet floors, furniture,
fence posts), and bee pasturage. However, in many parts of Asia and
Africa it remains under-used, and is often regarded as an invasive weed.
Over 18,000 copies of the publications were downloaded from the project
website in 2006 alone; 70% of this demand was from sub-Saharan Africa
and Southeast Asia.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (16 pp.) taken from the CD.
FRP05, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 43.