Beetle v killer cactus: Kenyan herders fight to stop a plant destroying their way of life

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Imported bug offers a last hope against the invasive pricky pear cactus killing off grasslands and the animals that graze them

In single file, women brightly wrapped in colourful Samburu cloth come out of a small greenhouse. They carry buckets stuffed with the only weapon left in their fight against an enemy that threatens their very way of life.

They are heading to a field that despite its attractive appearance hosts the invasive Opuntia stricta, a prickly pear cactus that is taking over large swathes of northern Kenya’s rangelands, inhibiting grass growth in a landscape with poor rainfall.

Continue reading…Global development | The Guardian

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