icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus, Mbita

The icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus (ITOC), located in Mbita Point on the shores of Lake Victoria, western Kenya, was established in 1977, as a base for the Centre’s research in the region.  

The Campus sits on 24.5 hectares of land, 40% of which consists of  experimental fields and landscaped buildings. ITOC’s research structures include state-of-the-art laboratories and offices, as well as insects and animal rearing facilities. The Campus also hosts St. Jude’s Clinic, as well as the Mbita Guest House.

ITOC provides:

  • Infrastructure for basic and applied laboratory and field-based biological and sociological research
  • Facilities for the development, testing and dissemination of environmental safe and sustainable pest and vector management technologies in various agro-ecological zones
  • Educational facilities for icipe researchers, visiting scientists, trainees, farmers and public health practitioners on arthropod science, pest and vector control and research methodologies
  • Versatile conference/workshop and teaching facilities

These facilities attract scientists and scholars from a large variety of institutes and organisations around the world, providing a rich mix of backgrounds and disciplines to work on complex research questions. 

Every year, about 50 – 70 interns from tertiary institutions train at ITOC for between 3 - 6 months, on attachment to the various research projects. At least one World Food Prize intern visits the station annually.

Research activities at ITOC cover icipe’s 4-H Themes: Human, Animal, Plant and Environmental Health. In particular, ITOC is the base of icipe’s push-pull technology research, several malaria research projects, as well as studies on fruit fly IPM

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