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Protecting the granary: the need for Ecologically Based Rodent Management in Sahelian Niger

Meheretu Yonas & Luwieke Bosma, MetaMeta Research and Rodent Green, Wageningen, The Netherlands Karmadine Hima, Abdou Moumouni University, Niamey, Niger Madougou Garba, Ministry of Agriculture, Niamey, Niger Gauthier Dobigny, French Institute of Research for Sustainable Development (IRD), UMR Centre for Biology for Population Management (CBGP) France. Rodents in agriculture and public health In the economy of Niger, agriculture is a major component. Some key numbers: it contributes 42% of gross national product, 44% of export revenues (including livestock), and 85% of employment (ROPPA, 2019; INS/MP, 2020; MAG/EL, 2020). This is a high dependency on agriculture, despite a tenuous resource base. Niger shares this with other Sahelian countries. Agriculture is fragile in itself. For one, it suffers heavily from pest infestations across the value chain, including insects, birds (especially the red-billed Quelea quelea) and rodents (Dobigny et al., 2001). The main cereal crops in Niger are millet, sorghum, rice, wheat, and maize. Anecdotal estimates indicate that pre- and post-harvest crop damage… Continued

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