APOPO uses trained rats to detect landmines. So far, it has cleared the equivalent of 27 football fields in Angola.
The development of rural areas in Angola is being seriously retarded by the slow pace of the current demining process, following several decades of civil war. Around 1.5 million people live in the four provinces targeted by APOPO where the prevalence of mines still remains high.
APOPO is a fascinating social enterprise that researches, develops and employs African Giant Rats to detect landmines at a better cost-efficiency ratio and at a much faster pace than other methods.
APOPO combines the use of rats with machines, manual demining teams, brush cutters and other assets for improved efficiency. While solving pressing humanitarian challenges, they assist the community by developing skills, creating jobs, improving socioeconomic and environmental conditions, releasing land for development, and combating public health issues.
Overall, collaboration between APOPO and the national authorities and partners has been excellent.