EU delegation visits icipe

briefing-note-eu-icipe-partnership-towards-strengthening agriculture-in-africa-developmentOn 19 February 2018, Mr Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit, DEVCO C1 - Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, European Union (EU), visited icipe.  He was accompanied by: Ms Myra Bernardi, Head of Rural Development, Agriculture and Food Security, Delegation of the European Union to Kenya;  Mr Stephen Wathome, Programme Manager, Agriculture and Rural Development, Delegation of the European Union to Kenya; and Ms Barbra Alot, Communications Lead, Delegation of the European Union to Kenya.

Over the past 10 years, the EU and icipe have formed a solid partnership towards strengthening agriculture as a core and effective component in Africa’s development. Within this period, the EU has provided grants amounting to approximately Euro 38 million to support a range of icipe initiatives including: tsetse repellent collars technology, climate-smart Push-Pull technology, management of fruit flies, research on insect transmitted camel diseases, bee research, and more recently, control of the fall armyworm.

During their visit, the Delegation toured icipe facilities conducting research on EU funded projects.

Mr Rey (right) visiting the tse tse repellent technology research facility, with Dr Dan Masiga, Head, icipe Animal Health Theme, and Dr Segenet Kelemu, icipe Director General.


Mr Rey and Ms Bernardi listen as  Prof. Zeyaur Khan, Leader Push-Pull Programme explains aspects of the climate-smart Push-Pull technology. 


(l-r): Mr Rey (second right) discusses icipe's FruitFly Mania bait with (l-r) Dr Kelemu, Mr Steve Wathome and Ms Bernardi


Dr Merid Getahun explains icipe's camel surra research to the visitors, including members of the press 


Dr Everlyn Nguku takes the visitors through a range of icipe bee health products.


The visitors learning more about icipe biopesticides and their potential use in the control of the fall armyworm.