If the Great Green Wall in Africa was made with the spineless prickly pear, it would have already been completed (24 articles to convince responsible people).


Photo credit: WVC 2006-12-OPUNTIA-04_2 – Algiers

Massive spineless prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica var. inermis) in one of the suburbs of Algiers.

Far more better than any tree to halt desertification (and it’s edible !)

Delicious fruit of the spineless prickly pear.  Imagine all the children in the drylands. – Photo WVC 47138_1614376158662_1214065827_1705718_7687748_n



Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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