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.

Climate changePest/disease control

Ili kuboresha ustahimilivu wa teknolojia ya climate-smart push-pull (CSPPT) dhidi ya mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa, majaribio yalihusisha mimea yaliochukuliwa kwa uwezo na faida zao; Brachiaria cv. Xaraes na Desmodium uncinatum zilifaa katika kudhibiti wadudu waharibifu wa mahindi na pia magugu ya striga, katika utafiti wa kulinganisha wa maeneo mengi magharibi mwa Kenya.

Climate changePest/disease control

To improve the resilience of the climate-smart push-pull technology (CSPPT) against climate change, we tested more adapted companion plants; Brachiaria cv. Xaraes and Desmodium uncinatum for their suitability in controlling maize pests and striga weed in a multisite comparison study in western Kenya.

Agricultural production systemSoil management

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.

Pest/disease control

Our study evaluates field performance and farmer opinions of this new version in comparison with the earlier version, climatesmart PPT, and farmers’ own practices of growing maize in controlling stemborers, FAW, and striga weeds.

Farming practice

As part of the effort to bring push-pull beyond its limitations to the next level, UPSCALE partner, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), conducted a needs assessment involving farmers and key informants involved in agriculture in Kisumu, Siaya... Continue Reading…

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Striga weeds

Striga or 'witchweeds' are parasitic weeds that affect cereal crops in many parts of Africa, reducing production from 30 to 100%, or complete loss of the crop. If maize plants are attacked by both stemborers and striga weed, the yield... Continue Reading…

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