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Guiding principles for decision making

The intervention to reduce or eliminate the impact of the tsetse and Trypanosomosis (T&T) requires, beyond an analysis of technical feasibility, a full appreciation of the causal relationship between poverty and tsetse related development constraints. T&T intervention needs to be conceived and implemented in the context of SARD. Hence, areas are selected not just on technical grounds but, more importantly, on the basis of their potential for sustainable and improved agricultural production.

PAAT, in collaboration with PATTEC, has established a set of criteria and guiding principles to facilitate this approach.

Severity of the impact of T&T problem;

Desire / need for intervention by local communities and national governments;

Opportunity to reduce tsetse-linked poverty and increase food security;

Enhanced socio-economic returns through SARD;

Factors affecting feasibility.

Expansion and intensification of mixed farming;

Improved subsistence farming and/or production of cash crop;

Land use/tenure as component of sustainability;

Sustainable utilization of natural resources;

Objectives achievable within 5 – 7 years project cycle;

Presence of natural barriers and/or options for temporary barriers;

Favourable agro-ecological features;

Favourable climatic conditions;

Existence of local technical and logistical support;

Existence of parallel agricultural development programmes with recognition of T&T constraint.

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