Read the accounts of people from around the world who are living with invasive species in their communities.
“It’s like HIV for the environment” is how Zeneba Abdul described Prosopis, which is leading to reduced herd size, deteriorating arable land and social tensions in her community in Eastern Ethiopia.
Aziz owns a restaurant in Kampung Bukit.
Simon is a pastoralist in the Laikipia District of Kenya. He grazes goats, sheep and cattle on land surrounding his village. But this is being overrun with Opuntia stricta.
Elias is a smallholder farmer from the Mount Kenya region, several hours north of Nairobi. He grows tomatoes which he sells at the local market and support his family.
Rahman is a rice farmer from Kampung Bukit.
Meet Peace. She tells the story of 500 million smallholder farmers around the world whose lives are being affected by the spread of invasive species. While she is a fictional character, her experiences are based on real stories from those living in the worst hit areas.
Lian is a vegetable farmer from Kampung Raja. He has been growing cabbages, Chinese mustard, tomatoes, leeks and other crops for over 50 years.
George is a smallholder farmer in Kikopey, Kenya. Around his village he grows crops to feed himself, his family and to sell at the local market. He also has a few sheep, goats and cows.
Grace is the Assistant Head of her village near Lake Baringo, Kenya. She and her neighbours are pastoralists so graze their livestock (sheep, cattle and goats) on the land around the village.
Syed is a farmer from Tanah Rata. He has been growing strawberries since 2008 which he sells in the fresh fruit market.
Ng is a young farmer from Kuala Ketil. He owns a banana plantation and also grows various food crops and vegetables which he sells in local markets.
Joseph Maramba lives in the Kenyan coastal town of Kilifi, about an hour north of Mombasa. Here Joseph growns mangoes which he sells at he local market.
Bernard Mutiko is a farmer from Machakos in Kenya. He has a small farm where he keeps a few livestock.
Abdul is a farmer from Kampung Bukit
Robie is a smallholder farmer from Sirurisimba village in Tanzania where she keeps some livestock and grows cereals and vegetables.
Stanley Mungai has been a fisherman on Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake, for 30 years. He has seen his home change and his livelihood suffer as a result of severe Water hyacinth infestation.
Parsito is a pastoralist in the Laikipia District of Kenya. Opuntia infests his land, which he used to graze his livestock on. He is finding it harder and harder to protect his livelihood from the invasive cactus.
Nor is a young rice farmer from Haji Dorani.
Simeon Mwamuye is a mango farmer in the Kenyan coastal town of Kilifi, about an hour north of Mombasa.