icipe has published a report titled Stories of our Success: positive outcomes from push-pull farming systems, which chronicles the partnership between the Centre, farmers, national and international research institutes, donors, government agricultural officials, community-based organisations, non-governmental organisations and the private sector, towards improving agricultural sustainability, food security and overall livelihoods in East Africa.
Push-pull (www.push-pull.net) is a technology that addresses the main constraints of cereal production in sub Saharan Africa, which are stemborers, the parasitic striga weed and soil fertility. To date, the technology has been adopted by about 68,000 farmers in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.
In the recently published Report, farmers share their experiences with push–pull, revealing the direct results of the technology, which include substantial cereal yield increases, additional significant benefit for dairy farming, and its overall impact on household incomes.
The Report also discusses the specific ways in which push-pull has contributed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular MDG 1: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and more broadly MDGs 2, 3 and 7, which respectively focus on universal primary education, promoting gender equality and ensuring environmental sustainability.
Further, Stories of our Success: positive outcomes from push-pull farming systems, looks ahead and beyond the MDGs, which are due to expire in 2015. The Report shares experiences and important lessons from push–pull, which could be useful in the development and implementation of a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), envisioned globally as the post-2015 approach development pathway.
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