LOCUSTA PROJECT

« The Red Menace »: Locusts Control, Natural Disasters and International Cooperation in Late Colonial Africa

Red Locust (male)

This new research project will take locusts control in Africa as an empirical ground to explore forms and dynamics of technical internationalism and regional cooperation in the late colonial period. Special attention will be devoted to the activities of the International Red Locust Control Service (established in 1941), an intercolonial institution based in Abercorn (Northern Rhodesia) and led by a leading Belgian scientist, Hans Brédo.

Headquarter of the IRLCS

A Red Locust swarm, 1955

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