Push-Pull in practice

One of the sustainable intensifications approaches to improving yields of maize, a major staple and cash crop in eastern Africa, is the push-pull system, a companion cropping system that involves intercropping maize with a forage legume (desmodium), and planting a forage grass (brachiaria) around this intercrop.


Maseno University’s UPSCALE project team is focused on enhancing awareness of push-pull technology (PPT) across the region.

Farming practice

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) is immensely proud of the ‘push–pull’ programme’s achievements.


This study investigates the interdependence between technology adoption, market participation and food and nutrition security in Eastern Africa, focusing on cereal farmers using push-pull technology (PPT).

Agricultural production system

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

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

Global food security faces increasing threats from climate change, leading to diseases, pests, drought, water salinity, and rising temperatures.

Agricultural production system

Push-pull technology provides farmers in East Africa with an eco-friendly strategy that increases crop yield and household income in smallholder cereal systems by controlling pests and improving soil health. Though promising for a sustainably intensified production, push-pull has been used at a limited scale, primarily in maize and sorghum-based production systems.

The e-Granary platform was customized with add-on features that support registration of new farmers and bulk messaging to registered farmers, including a user-friendly farmers’ feedback interface. An overview of the platform, customization and integration with the UPSCALE Knowledge Exchange Hub (KEH) as well as the dissemination plans and campaigns/messaging schedules are outlined in the report.

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