icipe@50 Achievement Awards
The icipe@50 Achievement Awards are presented to 26 individuals who have made significant contributions to the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) since its inception in 1970.
icipe was established in 1970 in direct response to the need for alternative and environmentally-friendly pest and vector management strategies. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, icipe is mandated to conduct research and develop methods that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and which are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. icipe’s mandate further extends to the conservation and utilisation of the rich insect biodiversity found in Africa.
As the Centre marks its golden jubilee, it continues to contribute to sustainable food security in Africa through the development of integrated pest management systems for major agricultural and horticultural crops. Such strategies include biological control, and use of behaviour-modifying and arthropod-active botanicals. icipe puts emphasis on control approaches that have no detrimental impact on the environment. These options are always designed to fit the needs of the farmers, and are developed on-farm and with farmers’ participation.