|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|
|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|
|Project Web Site||https://ecorodman.nri.org/|
|Documents||Meeting abstract 6th International Conference of Rodent Biology and Management|
EcoRodMan : Ecologically Based Rodent Management for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Africa
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.
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.
- investigate ecological approaches to the sustainable management of rodents;
- optimise ecosystem services that help regulate rodent pests and the damage they cause to agriculture and health;
- innovate African-appropriate agricultural practices using indigenous knowledge;
- 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.