Earth Observation

Capturing the phenological responses of crops in diverse, small-scale agricultural systems is one of the most notable remote sensing research gaps in Eastern Africa.

Farming practice

Push-pull technology improves agricultural productivity. However, its long-term effect on biomass carbon and soil organic carbon (SOC) is not yet known.

Climate change

Climate change and land degradation adversely affect food security in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Agricultural production system

Mixed cropping is one of the strategies proposed for weed control, with potential to increase crop yield.


The push-pull technology is a mixed cropping system practiced in smallholder tropical cereal farming in areas of East and Central Africa.

Climate change

Trees in agricultural landscapes are considered a remedy for climate change mitigation by storing carbon in soils and woody biomass.

Push-Pull in practice

The UPSCALE project aims to achieve food security in sub-Saharan Africa by using nature-based solutions inspired by push-pull technology to close the yield gap in smallholder agriculture.

Push-Pull in practice

The UPSCALE’s partner, researchers from Maseno University have published a new scientific paper about PPT and its benefits for agriculture. This paper aimed at reviewing existing literature to establish the linkage between conservation agriculture components, PPT, and a sustainable agroecological transition.

Push-Pull in practice

Soil degradation is a major underlying cause of poverty and malnutrition in smallholder agrarian communities across the globe. Legume diversification, through polyculture or intercropping, is a strategy that increases yields and income while improving family nutrition. However, the potential for these legume-cereal intercrops to restore soil functions in smallholder fields remains uncertain, with many studies failing to detect increases in soil organic matter.

Push-Pull in practice

The adoption of sustainable agriculture practices has become critical in the face of rising global difficulties related to achieving food security, combating malnutrition, and mitigating environmental degradation. Within this context, the ‘One Health’ (OH) paradigm emerges as a comprehensive approach encompassing human, plant, animal, and environmental health for planetary well-being. Recognizing the complex interdependencies inherent in global health concerns, this approach emphasizes the importance of integrated and synergistic interventions. This is especially true in agriculture, where an overreliance on synthetic inputs to meet the rising demands of an expanding human population has resulted in serious environmental degradation and devastating loss of biodiversity and their valuable ecosystem services. In response, the development and implementation of agroecological farming systems have gained prominence.

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