icipe – EU IBCARP intensifies mango production in Africa
Close to 32,000 fruit growers across Africa are now using icipe's integrated pest management packages for the control of fruit flies.
Of these farmers, 8,000 have gained access to the strategies over the past two years, through the IntegratedBiological Control Applied Research Program (IBCARP), an initiative funded by the European Union (EU), to support the adoption of the Centre’s technologies and strategies for improved cereal, horticulture and livestock productivity by an estimated 350,000 additional farmers and pastoralists in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania.
icipe fruit fly IPM packages include: use of fungi-derived biopesticides; baiting and male annihilation techniques; biological control with parasitoids; cultural control through field sanitation; minimal use of pesticide in localised bait stations of spot spray, and proper post-harvest treatment to provide and assure quarantine security.
The packages are aimed towards reducing yield losses and the huge expenditure incurred by farmers to purchase pesticides. They are also intended to mitigate the health and environmental risks associated with the use (and misuse) of such chemicals. Overall, the IPM strategies should increase the market competitiveness of fruits from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and, as a result, elevate the income and livelihoods of people involved in the value chain.
On 1 and 2 February, an IBCARP Stakeholders Awareness Workshop, as illustrated below.