argylesock says… People need food. In a crisis, food aid can save lives. But sometimes, food transport has huge consequences which can’t be reversed.
Contributed by Melanie Bateman, CABI Switzerland, and Roger Day, CABI Africa
While responding to a food crisis in Tanzania in the 1970s, evidence indicates that the larger grain borer (Prostephanus truncatus) was inadvertently introduced into Africa through an infested food aid shipment. Following this introduction and a later introduction in West Africa, the larger grain borer has now spread to almost 20 different countries in Africa, causing significant losses to grains in the field and in storage both for food and for planting. Consequently, this fateful incursion has had a significant impact on food security in the continent. Even now, other alien pest species such as beetles, snails, weeds and pathogens are intercepted in shipments of grains worldwide. Should these pests become established in new areas, farmers will be confronted with problems they may be ill equipped to solve.
In order to address this pathway for…
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