Regular outbreaks of migrant pests such as armyworm, locust and quelea threaten the food security within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). To effectively manage these pests it is vital that there is timely cross-border exchange of information and active co-operation with regard to pest management. This project addresses the urgent need for a forum where all data relevant to migrant pests can be effectively collated and distributed within the SADC region. The use of electronic information systems will enhance regional co-operation and improve the sustainable management of migrant pests.

The project collaborators include Natural Resources Institute (NRI (UK)) together with SADC: Crop Production Sector, International Red Locust Control Organisation for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCOCSA) and responsible Ministries of each SADC country. The project is funded by DFID (UK).

MAPPING, BIOMODELLING AND FORECASTING

Weekly brown locust control data received from locust officers of the National Department of Agriculture, based in the Karoo, is entered into a database which correlates the number of locust targets controlled with locality data such as the farm name and number. The intensity of control actions is then mapped onto a quarter-degree grid. This database, along with climatic data is being incorporated into a geographic information system (GIS) for use as a locust outbreak "Early Warning System"