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Desert Locust Plagues: Controlling the Ancient Scourge

Desert Locust Plagues: Controlling the Ancient Scourge
Colin Everard

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For thousands of years, humans have found themselves vulnerable to plagues of desert locusts. Some fifty countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia have been ravaged, at one time or another, by huge, devouring swarms of locusts. With the consequent, often total, destruction of crops and grazing, widespread hunger and starvation ensued. Colin Everard's book takes as its geographical focus the Horn of Africa, an area which throughout history has suffered catastrophically from locust plagues. Based on his own extensive experience in the region, Everard describes one of the greatest (albeit unsung) triumphs of the twentieth century, namely, how the desert locust scourge has, at last, been virtually brought under control.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Professor Robert Cheke Acknowledgements Introduction
  • 1. An Uninvited Christmas Visitor 2. Luk Haiyah 3 The Locust Life
  • 4. The Ogaden
  • 5. Stones 6. The Tip of The Horn of Africa 7. A Change of Aircraft
  • Epilogue - Controlling the Desert Locust - The Situation In 2017. Progress and Problems Index

Author Info

Colin Everard has worked for over forty years with developing countries as a technical cooperation practitioner. His contribution to the development of safe civil aviation has been widely recognised and he is a recipient of the Gold Award of the International Civil Aviation Organization. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. He lives in Vienna.


`fascinating and entertaining...Colin Everard's enthusiasm and dedication...jump at you from these pages.'
Robert A. Cheke, Professor of Tropical Zoology, Natural Resources Institute, the University of Greenwich (from the Foreword to this book), 'You might expect a book about desert locust plagues to be somewhat dull and boring. Not this book. ...Intrepid author Colin Everard tells a great story and thoroughly educates his readers at one and the same time.'
David Drennan, formerly Special Professor of Management, Chairman and founder of Good People Management Ltd, (This is) `an account written with brio and laced with charm. One is transported to a time when young men were dispatched to do great deeds;...a lost world, nonetheless relevant today as we continue to fight hunger...with the power of science...'
Ben Bennett, Professor of International Trade and Marketing Economics and Deputy Director of the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781788314350
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2018
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 24 bw in 16pp plates

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