A new article about UPSCALE by Emily Poppenborg Martin and team has just been published in Open Access Government.
The article by Dr. Poppenborg Martin and her team outlines what key steps the UPSCALE project is deploying to realize the transformative potential of push-pull technology and thereby address food security, livelihoods and climate change resilience in East Africa. Highlights include a nested-scales research design, novel ecological techniques, co-learning with multi-actor communities of practice, participatory modeling, adaptive strategies for wider adoption, targeted communication, an interactive Knowledge Exchange Hub (KEH) and more. Also emphasized are the expected impacts of the project for different stakeholders across the study regions and beyond.
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About the authors:
Prof. Dr. Emily Poppenborg Martin is a Professor for Zoological Biodiversity at the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany and the coordinator of UPSCALE. Her main focus is the landscape ecology of arthropod ecosystem service providers and how it affects the link between species interactions and ecosystem service provision, particularly natural pest control and pollination in space and time. She also works on the development and deployment of strategies for the ecological intensification of agriculture.
Dr. Felipe Librán Embid is a researcher in the Zoological Biodiversity group at the Leibniz University of Hannover. He has expertise in landscape ecology, biological conservation and ecosystem services. His research interests focus on how the landscape structure affects pest control services and pollination networks in landscapes dominated by agriculture. Within the UPSCALE project, he is exploring local and landscape determinants of push-pull effectiveness from field levels to landscape scales, as well as the ecological impacts of upscaling push-pull intensification.
Dr. Adewole Olagoke is a researcher in the group of Zoological Biodiversity at the Leibniz University of Hannover. He has a background in plant ecology and ecological modeling. His research employs data-model integration to analyze interactions and feedbacks among factors influencing structures, functions and dynamics of ecological and socio-ecological systems at diverse scales. In UPSCALE, he is coordinating ecological field studies and synthesis of empirical findings on socio-ecological impacts of enhancing push-pull farming, as well as socio-ecological modeling of potential consequences and feedback loops of upscaling push-pull technology.