Developing Low-Cost Pest Exclusion and Microclimate Modification Technologies for Small-Scale Vegetable Growers
Michigan State University
CIRAD (France); INRAB, Abomey Calavi University, Association des Personnes Renovatrices des Technologies Traditionnelles' (APRETECTRA), INRAB/CIRAD (Benin); Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Egerton University (Kenya); AtoZ Textile Mills International (Tanzania)
Thibaud Martin; Francoise Komlan; Lusike A. Wasilwa; Anselme Adegbidi; Damien Ahouangassi; Serge Simon; Mwanarusi Saidi; Pierre Guillet; Laurent Parrot
This project seeks 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.