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New project aims to increase crop and livestock yield
“Insect pests and weeds (Striga) cause up to 100 per cent yield losses and financial losses of between US$7 billion and US$11 billion annually [in Sub-Saharan Africa].” – Christopher Prideaux, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
by Sam Otieno
- Pests and weeds cause up to 100 per cent yield losses in Sub-Saharan Africa
- About 350,000 farmers are being supported to adopt tech to fight the menace
- An expert recommends the training of farmers to help them adopt the technologies
The Integrated Biological Control Applied Research Program (IBCARP) of the Kenya-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) will support the adoption of the centre’s technologies to benefit an estimated 350,000 farmers and pastoralists in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania, according to Segenet Kelemu, director-general of icipe.
Kelemu says the 15 million euro (US$16.8 million) initiative will be implemented through projects focusing on the centre’s climate-resilient push-pull technology for the control of weeds and pests, a technology that is tied around the animal’s neck to repel tsetse flies, and a research for controlling vectors of camel diseases.
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