EcoRodMan : Ecologically Based Rodent Management for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Africa

Project identifier 70-ECORODMAN
Project Status finished
Start date 2018-05-01
End date 2020-04-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Animal and crop health
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Keyword Rodent management; Pest and disease control; Ecologically-based rodent control; post-harvest damage
    Location Ethiopia; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland; Uganda
    Budget 994 000
    Main Funder Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) (Pan-African Programme)
    Co Funder African Union Commission (AURG 2)
    Coordinator Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Venda
  • University of Eswatini
  • University of Namibia
  • Mekelle University
  • Busitema University
  • Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
  • University of Antwerp
  • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Project Web Site
    Documents Meeting abstract 6th International Conference of Rodent Biology and Management



    Rodents have a significant impact on people’s livelihoods in many ways, causing damage to many different crops, contamination of stored food, damage to buildings and personal possessions and the transmission of 60+ diseases. Commonly recommended approaches for managing rodents using rodenticides are usually inappropriate for small-scale agricultural communities and are causing significant damage to human health and the environment. As the main target group, small-scale farming communities will work together with agricultural researchers from six African countries to develop ecologically-based rodent management strategies that can significantly reduce the impact of rodents on people’s lives. Through studies on rodent ecology and action research trials, new and improved rodent management methods will be developed and disseminated to end users and research & extension groups throughout Africa and worldwide.

    Overall objective:

    of the action is to improve scientific and technological research on rodent ecology and management in order to enhance food and nutrition security through the development of sustainable agricultural practices that can limit the impact or rodent pests on African livelihoods, reducing hunger and improving well-being.

    Specific objectives:
    1. investigate ecological approaches to the sustainable management of rodents;
    2. optimise ecosystem services that help regulate rodent pests and the damage they cause to agriculture and health;
    3. innovate African-appropriate agricultural practices using indigenous knowledge;
    4. carry out research on novel high-tech methods of rodent control that are argued to be more ecologically sustainable, e.g. fertility control, push-pull.

    Furthermore, the action’s objectives are to build Africa’s research capacities across a range of specialities related to ecologically-based rodent management including population dynamics, chemical ecology, animal behaviour, taxonomy, social anthropology, economics, agronomy, value chains & quality assurance, technology adoption, and end-user participatory research. As the project involves countries from the Central, eastern and southern regions of Africa, collaboration and cooperation at the inter-regional level will be enhanced. Partners and Associates involved in the action have all worked with the Lead Applicant in various previous research and development projects and have well-established communication networks and effective working relationships.