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Dr. Udo Feldmann is an Entomologist in the Insect Pest Control Section of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Vienna, Austria. He has more than 30 years’ experience in laboratory and field support to tsetse intervention projects, including four years of assignment in East and West Africa.
Since 1993 he co-ordinates the FAO/IAEA activities on tsetse and trypanosomosis (T&T) and on screwworm flies. This includes the generation of guidelines and standard operational procedures, planning and organising networks dealing with need-driven research and methods development, fostering capacity building in Member States and planning and provision of technical and managerial backstopping to technical co-operation field projects.
A highlight of the work in the past 20 years was the conversion of Zanzibar to a tsetse fly free zone in 1997 by means of an area-wide integrated pest management (AW-IPM) campaign involving the sterile insect technique (SIT). Current efforts aim at feasibility assessments and, where feasible, establishing national and regional capacities in Africa on the SIT component as part of AW-IPM measures against T&T under national and sub-regional projects coordinated by the African Union Pan-African Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign (AU-PATTEC).
He represents IAEA and the Joint FAO/IAEA Division in relevant technical, policy and strategy interactions with the AU, FAO, WHO and other major stakeholders in an effort to harmonise and streamline the activities and contributions of the different partners in support of Member States’ efforts to address the T&T problem.