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Enhanced use of botanical pesticides for sustainable agro-ecological crop pest management using a farmer-research-network design

Using botanical pesticide extracts for insect pest management is a known and scientifically proven less cost and environmentally benign crop protection option for small scale farming communities. Looking at its sustainability in crop pest management, the scope of activities need…

Empowering smallholder farmers through affordable and environmental friendly pest management options for sustainable crop protection

In Tanzania, agriculture is the major economic sector employing more than 75% of the population, with the majority being smallholder farmers. I am also from a family where 100% of our livelihood depends on agriculture, specifically crop production. I am…

Sustainable management of vegetable pests in Malawi using entomopathogenic fungal-based biopesticides

Crop damage due to insect pests is estimated be over 60 billion United States dollars annually. Entomopathogenic fungi are lethal pathogens of insect pests. They are occur naturally in soils and some occur as plant endophytes. Recent research indicates that…

Biopesticides: part of a wider and more sustainable integrated pest management model

Cassava is the third largest source of carbohydrate in the world, coming behind only rice and maize. It is a staple crop that feeds at least 300 million Africans alone and is being commercialized heavily these days because of its…

Sustainable Crop Protection: a value chain approach for tomato protection

My innovation idea on sustainable crop protection is titled “Developing a holistic crop protection management approach: A case study of Tomato in Arusha, Tanzania”. I propose a holistic crop protection approach whereby pest scouting is key and of paramount important…

Improving soil fertility in Uganda using organic plant tea fertilizer

I'm in my final year at Makerere University and have combined my knowledge and skills inthe area of crop production, education, protection and productivity to develop an organic plant tea fertilizer. Organic plant tea fertilizer is a fertilizer derived from…