Mapping the benefits: developing a new decision tool for tsetse and trypanosomiasis interventions
|Project type:||Consulting Series RTD|
|Time frame:||2004 - todate|
|Funding agency:||DFID | FAO|
|Geographic keyword: Africa | West Africa|
|General keyword: GIS | Decision support | Livestock geography | Remote sensing|
|Specific keyword: Cost-benefit of control | African animal trypanosomiasis | Livestock production systems | Trypanotolerant breed map|
The purpose of his study is to investigate the feasibility of linking quantitative economic variables to a GIS spatial framework in order to provide new insights and reinforce the decision-making process for tsetse and trypanosomiasis (T & T) interventions. The work tackled Benin, Ghana, Togo Burkina Faso and Mali. A range of standardized livestock production and price data were collected at national, province and district level from each country, together with the most recent livestock, cropping and disease data. These were amalgamated with the corresponding data layers derived and adapted from the PAAT Information System and a new distribution map of trypanotolerant and susceptible cattle breeds were produced for the study area. Existing information on the disease's impact on cattle production parameters were incorporated in herd models. These were used to estimate the potential benefits of T & T interventions for the different cattle breeds, thereby allowing the potential benefits to be mapped as well. The implications for expansions in livestock populations and changes in their distribution are also examined and mapped. A map of the potential benefits for the selected region is presented. The extent to which this approach complements and refines the current range of mapped variables and adds to existing decision-making tools is discussed.
This work is currently ongoing through a series of consultancies to allow a further refining of the obtained results. Two major outputs to date are made available here:
1.A paper presented at the ISCTRC meeting held in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.
2.A draft paper, which will be both a "DFID Animal Health Paper" and a "PAAT Technical and Scientific Series Paper".
The work is jointly conducted by Alexandra Shaw (A P Consultants, Upper Cottage, Abbotts Ann, Andover, SP11 7BA, United Kingdom 1), Guy Hendrickx (Avia-GIS), Marius Gilbert (Laboratoire de Biologie animale et cellulaire, C P 160/12, Free University of Brussels, B-1050, Belgium), Raffaele Mattioli (4AGAH, FAO, Via delle Terme di Caracalla Rome, Italy) and William Wint (Environmental Research Group Oxford (ERGO), P O Box 346, Oxford, OX1 3QE, United Kingdom) in collaboration with Victorin Codjia (Direction de l'Elevage, MinistÃ¨re de l'Agriculture et de la PÃªche. BP 2041, Cotonou, Benin), RÃ©mi Dao (Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (CTRA), BP 114 SokodÃ©, Togo), Oumar Diall (CNRA MDR, B P 2295, Bamako, Mali), Charles Mahama Veterinary Services Department Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Control Unit, P O Box 97, Pongtamale, Ghana), & Issa Sidibe (CIRDES, 01 B P 454 Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso).
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