When the remedy is worse than
However, combating disease among cattle can have a harmful
impact on the natural environment. When one eliminates the production-restraining
factor, cattle breeding and crop-growing can be allowed to expand
almost without limit. This leads to vegetation loss, with possible
resultant soil erosion, and even the eradication of indigenous animals.
It is therefore useful, when studying methods for fighting tropical
diseases in a given region, to pay close attention to the condition
of the natural environment in that area.
The goal of this project is to find a method to draw up maps of
the fragility of the natural environment in the various administrative
units (cantons) in Togo. Once one knows the degree of fragility
of the different areas, one can take this factor into consideration
before beginning to fight the disease. The most fragile areas, which
thus have few reserves, will be considered last for combating disease.