Tsetse Fly Impacts Development In Africa, Working Paper Shows

Humanosphere: This insect is causing a lot of problems in Africa (and it’s not the mosquito)
Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy highlights the tsetse fly’s impact in Africa, as discussed in a working paper by Marcella Alsan. “…By taking a historical look at progress in Africa, economist [and physician] Marcella Alsan discovered that there is a significant difference between areas where the tsetse fly were found and areas where they were not. Areas of pre-colonial Africa with greater tsetse fly density saw lower populations and fewer livestock. The impacts continue in the regions until present day…” (1/29).