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Abstract

Leucaena as forage in northeast Africa.

Abstract

Leucaena is naturalized throughout northeast Africa, and is continuing to spread. It is spectacularly productive in many areas, including Western Eritrea, the fertile mid-elevation areas of Ethiopia, parts of the Rift Valley, the shores of Lake Victoria and the floodplains of Somaliland and Somalia, with neutral to alkaline soil pH being a major factor in successful adaptation. This paper discusses the genetic materials, establishment, utilization and future challenges and perspectives in growing leucaena in northeast Africa.