This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Associated with Projects R8407, R7966 and R6762. Villages in eastern and
southern Africa now make their own forecasts of armyworm outbreaks. The
low-cost system—using a single trap to catch armyworm moths and a rain
gauge—means that farmers no longer depend on warnings from central pest
offices. Warnings from central offices were often too late and too
general to be useful. Villages now organise the forecasts themselves.
They decide who will be trained to use the equipment and work out the
forecast from the moth catch and rainfall data, and who will warn
everyone. The self-contained forecasts, proven to be accurate four times
out of five in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya, help farmers prepare for
outbreaks and prevent damage to their crops.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP42, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 48.