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 a range of projects. Weekly forecasts now warn pest
managers in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and
Zimbabwe where and when to expect bird pests. They can then take action
to control them and tip off farmers to protect their crops. The
Red-billed Quelea devastates millet and sorghum crops throughout
southern Africa. The birds migrate long distances to feed on grass
seeds, so their migrations follow rains with a predictable time lag.
Every week, a map posted on the internet shows where the bird pest
season hasn't yet begun, where there's been enough rain to prompt the
first migrations, where queleas could breed and where the season is
ending. These forecasts have proved so successful that national crop
protection teams all over southern Africa now use them.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (11
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP41, 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 128.