Another shows farmers how to extract an insecticide from the Neem tree, Azadirachta indica. The drought tolerant tree, native to India, is now grown world-wide because of the cheap, human-safe pesticide it produces. I planted one in my backyard in Honduras.
"In Mali they are using this technique and it's very effective, but in Burkina Faso, for example, there are not many people using this technique," said team member Julia Bello-Bravo in the U of I press release.
"If we can show these animated videos in different parts of West Africa where this tree grows, we can get the information to many, many more people," Bello-Bravo said.
Another video is being used to fight cholera in Haiti. It is available in English, French, and Haitian Creole.
To produce the videos, Scientific Animations Without Borders uses email to coordinate efforts between aid workers, farmers, entrepreneurs, and an animator to produce the content. The team then approves the content and creates two scripts, one for the narrator and one describing what the animation will show.