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

Information on this page provides links to more practical guidance on sustainable rodent management as well as some explanation on some of the challenges and constraints that are currently limiting effective control of rodent pests.

Videos on How to Control Rodents can be dowloaded from here by clicking on the language you require.  These are short videos that can be downloaded to smart phones so that they can be brought to the field to show to farmers and others who are suffering from rodent pests.  The videos can also be found on the AgTube website under their IPM section.
How to control rodents - in English 
Comment contrôler les rongeurs - en français 
Jinsi ya kudhibiti panya - katika Kiswahili

Policy discussion papers were produced by the StopRats project covering some of the major challenges in controlling rodent pests in Africa and elsewhere. The below leaflets help to highlight some of the challenges and opportunities for implementing ecologically based rodent management.
StopRats rodent population outbreak discussion paper
StopRats stakeholder network discussion paper
StopRats biological control discussion paper
StopRats how to control rodents discussion paper

The below review papers are helpful in understanding the existing scientific research on rodent pests, highlighting where knowledge gaps persist. 

Swanepoel, Lourens H., Swanepoel, Corrie M., Brown, Peter R., Eiseb, Seth J., Goodman, Steven M., Keith, Mark, Kirsten, Frikkie, Leirs, Herwig, Mahlaba, Themb’alilahlwa A. M., Makundi, Rhodes H., Malebane, Phanuel, von Maltitz, Emil F., Massawe, Apia W., Monadjem, Ara, Mulungu, Loth S., Singleton, Grant R., Taylor, Peter J., Soarimalala, Voahangy and Belmain, Steven R. (2017) A systematic review of rodent pest research in Afro-Malagasy small-holder farming systems: Are we asking the right questions? PLoS ONE, 12 (3):e0174554.

Labuschagne, L., Swanepoel, L.H., Taylor, P.J., Belmain, S.R. and Keith, M. (2016). Are avian predators effective biological control agents for rodent pest management in agricultural systems? Biological Control. 101: 94-102.

 

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