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Protecting staple crops in eastern africa: integrated approaches for ecologically based field rodent pest management.

Objective

Staple crops in eastern Africa are subject to serious pre-and post-harvest pest damage. Major losses can be attributed to rats, making them in several places the most important pre-harvest pest species. Indiscriminate use of foeticides is neither efficient nor sustainable and there is a need for ecologically based management strategies. This project will investigate the needed biological information and collect data on the economic aspects of damage and controls. Based on these data, tools for the organisation and evaluation of management strategies will be developed. Population dynamic information will be elaborated into early-warning systems and bio economic decision making models. Different approaches, not based on foeticides, will be developed and tested (seed repellents, biological control with predators, use of agro forestry).The end result will be a more sustainable, cost-effective protection of staple crops in eastern Africa.

Coordinator

DANISH PEST INFESTATION LABORATORY
Address
Skovbrynet 14
2800 Lyngby
Denmark

Participants (8)

ADDIS ABEBA UNIVERSITY
Ethiopia
Address

2003 Addis Abeba
KENYATTA UNIVERSITY
Kenya
Address

2 Nairobi
MINISTERE DE L'AGRICULTURE
Tanzania
Address

Morogoro
SOILS AND CROPS RESEARCH BRANCH
Zambia
Address

Solwezi
SOKOINE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE
Tanzania
Address
3110,
Morogoro
UNIVERSITY OF OSLO
Norway
Address
Moltke Moes Vei 32
0316 Oslo
UNIVERSITY OF ROME "LA SAPIENZA"
Italy
Address
Via Borelli 50
00161 Roma
Universitair Centrum Antwerpen - Universiteit Antwerpen
Belgium
Address
Groenenborgenlaan 171
2020 Anvers /Antwerpen