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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 2001

ICOSAMP : Establishment of an information core for southern African migrant pests

Information Migrant Pests

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : ICOSAMP : Establishment of an information core for southern African migrant pests

Pays : Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R7890

DFID Programme : Crop Protection

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Lead Institutes : Locust Forecasting & GIS, Locust Research Unit, Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council (Pretoria) ; Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council (ARC-PPRI)
Managing Institutes : Natural Resources International Limited (NRIL)
Collaborating Institutes : Natural Resources Institute (NRI)

Durée : Start Date : 01-01-2001 End Date : 30-03-2003

Objectif
To establish an internet based migrant pest information centre for the SADC region, which will provide a platform for technical co-operation and sharing of research information, establish a network of control operators, and standardise the regional reporting system.

Descriptif
Migrant pests such as armyworm, locusts and red-billed quelea annually plague the southern African region that comprises the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). These pests are a naturally occurring phenomenon, but pose a major threat to food security and natural resources if they are not controlled. More than 60% of the population of the SADC region is dependent on subsistence agriculture and the subsequent food production. With no growth in arable land area anticipated, the demand for food will be entirely dependent on increased agricultural yields. Many of the SADC countries have a below average per capita income, the majority of which is derived from agriculture, making them vulnerable to impoverishment as a result of an agricultural adversity. Migratory pests, exhibiting a high mobility, are able to freely traverse the political boundaries of southern Africa. Active co-operation between neighbouring countries with regard to management and control of these pests is therefore of vital importance. The output of this project should improve co-operation and communication among SADC member countries, and hence lead to early warning of impending migrant pest outbreaks, and the resultant improved food security.

Total Cost to DFID : £90,073

Présentation : UKAID

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