Donor: McKnight Foundation
Partners: RBG Kew, NRI, NM-AIST, LUANAR
Project profile on the McKnight Collaborative Crop Research Programme website
The overall goal of the project is to demonstrate farmer relevant pest management practices that can reduce crop losses to pests in Malawi and Tanzania through the development and optimization of plant-based pest management technologies that are simple, effective, reliable, safe, low-cost and appropriate for the control of field and storage insect pests of legume crops grown by poor farmers. The technologies will be based on widely distributed and easily cultivated species such as Tephrosia vogelii, Tanacetum cinerariifolium (Pyrethrum), Tithonia diversifolia, Lantana camara, Vernonia amygdalina, Lippia javanica and Dysphania ambrosioides as well as indigenous woody plants such as Zanha africana and Securidaca longepedunculata. In carrying out this general goal, we plan to build technical capacity for a pesticidal plant sector by supporting and mentoring Masters students who will have opportunities to carry out a range of lab, field and farm based research cutting across disciplines of natural product chemistry, entomology, chemical ecology, insect behaviour as well as experimental design, data collection, statistical analysis, working with farmers and using analytical tools. A second goal is to help champion the development of the pesticidal plant value chain in Africa by working with businesses and policy makers in order to increase supply and demand of pest control options suitable for integration into agro-ecological intensification programmes.