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Scaring the Birds

We are developing a bird scaring device to mitigate harvest losses. In many African countries bird losses are a first class problem. The red-billed quelea and the village weaver are reknown birds that create huge losses for farmers when they strike. This leads to production loss, but also to children who don’t go to school because they are in the fields to scare away the birds. Furthermore farmers become risk-averse as they cannot predict when the birds come and the associated losses. Together with partners we are developing a comprehensive and effective solution that is affordable and simple-to-use for farmers in Africa. We are looking for international partners, governmental and private, as bird control requires a comprehensive approach on a national policy level and can also benefit from risk-diversification strategies, through e.g. micro insurance.