Could smelly waterbucks prevent disease?

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jan 15 2013, 11:12:09

A collar worn by livestock containing animal odour repellent to the tsetse fly could transform the lives of farmers in Kenya

The tsetse fly, found in 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, can be a curse for smallholder farmers and their families. The flies carry the trypanosome parasite that can cause sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in livestock. But a group of scientists in Nairobi is developing a powerful insect repellent using the stench of waterbucks, a type of large antelope.

About two-thirds of Africa's population depend on small-scale agriculture, many of whom are livestock farmers. For these farmers, tsetse flies are a serious threat to economic development and food security. The economic loss in Africa's cattle production as a result of nagana is an estimated $4bn (£2.5bn) each year, according to the Stamp out sleeping sickness campaign.

With funding from the European Commission, ICIPE (International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology), a pan-African research organisation that investigates tropical insect science for development, has produced groundbreaking collars for livestock that contain the waterbuck smell, which tsetse flies do not like.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Kenya:   Runner Dies in Kilimanjaro Marathon (news)
The Nation
27 February 2017

Kenyan runners might have asserted their supremacy to dominate the Kilimanjaro Marathon on Sunday but that was dampened by the death of its athlete Charles Maroa upon finishing the 21km race. The ... [read more]

Kenya:   Row Over Permits Robs Migori Gold of Its Glitter (news)
The Nation
27 February 2017

Gold mining in Migori County has been thrown into disarray following a row over special licences granted to a local firm for exploration in the area.On one hand are two firms that say they have been ... [read more]

Kenya:   Leaders to Join Forces to Water Down William Ruto's Popularity (news)
The Nation
28 February 2017

An MP and several Members of County Assembly in Narok have joined Chama Cha Mashinani from Jubilee Party, escalating the rivalry between CCM leader Isaac Ruto and the Deputy President William ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!