Low-cost pest exclusion and microclimate modification technologies for small-scale vegetable growers in East and West Africa
Video from project partners about eco-friendly nets reducing the need for pesticide use, also available in French.
Photo slideshow of the project, or view our Nets for crop pests in Kenya album on Flickr.
Target Countries: Benin and Kenya
- Thibaud Martin, CIRAD, France
- Françoise Komlan, INRAB, Benin
- Lusike A. Wasilwa, KARI, Kenya
- Anselme Adégbidi, Abomey Calavi University, Benin
- Damien Ahouangassi, Association des Personnes Rénovatrices des Technologies Traditionnelles’ (APRETECTRA), Benin
- Serge Simon, INRAB/CIRAD, Benin
- Mwanarusi Saidi, Egerton University, Kenya
- Pierre Guillet, AtoZ Textile Mills International, Tanzania
- Laurent Parrot, CIRAD, France
Rapid urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has resulted in an increase in demand for food. Almost 33% of the SSA population, close to 200 million people, is undernourished (FAO, 2006). Fruit and vegetable consumption in SSA remains 22-82% below the intake value threshold of 400 g/day recommended by the World Health Organization and Food and Agricultural Organization. This severe malnutrition leads to many chronic diseases among the populations. Vegetable growers, mainly small holders are poor and have no access to inputs for improved germplasm, pest and disease control tools, and improved crop production techniques. Vegetable farms are routinely devastated by pests and extended drought conditions.
We propose to harness alternative pest management techniques, micro-climate modifications, and growers’ education and training to improve small-scale vegetable production in East and West Africa. A participatory approach will be used to demonstrate efficacy of 1) Eco-Friendly Nets (EFN); insect barrier nettings (either treated or not with insecticides) at protecting vegetables against pests and associated viral diseases 2) floating row covers at improving crop micro-climate and enhancing yield and produce quality, 3) Assess and address farmer’s perception of EFN in order to increase the adoption and use of the technology.
Project Website: http://www.bionetagro.org/
In the News
- Mosquito Net Company Partners with Research Institutions to Tackle Crop Pests
Article in Feed the Future newsletter, January 2014. Success story also available in one-page PDF version
- French-language news article: La Croix - De nouveaux filets anti-insectes adaptés à l’agriculture subsaharienne
Article about the use of insect nets with horticultural crops in sub-Saharan Africa, May 2014
- Assessment of the use of eco-friendly nets to ensure sustainable cabbage seedling production in Africa
Everlyne M. Muleke, Mwanarusi Saidi, Francis M. Itulya, Thibaud Martin and Mathieu Ngouajio
Research report in Agronomy 2013, 3, 1-12.
- Microclimate Modification Using Eco-friendly Nets for High-quality Tomato Transplant Production by Small-scale Farmers in East Africa
Elisha O. Gogo, Mwanarusi Saidi, Francis M. Itulya, Thibaud Martin and Mathieu Ngouajio
Research report in HortTechnology June 2012 22:292-298.
- Project Highlighted in the East African Fresh Produce Journal
- Horticultural News - Tanzania-Based Consortium to Start Manufacturing Agronets
- Daily Nation - Crops Spend the Night Under Mosquito Nets (.pdf)