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Stay connected with us as we share our knowledge and experience in Push-Pull technology across the East Africa region – Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. We are dedicated to keeping you updated on our journey in the field of sustainable agriculture.

Training: Introducing Vegetable to Push-pull for Increased Returns

Name of the event: Training: Bringing Vegetable to Push-pull for Increased Returns Date: The training took place on 19 April 2024 Venue: Organized by NARO, training took place in Kagulu village, Namutumba district, Uganda. This event focused on nursery bed preparation and vegetable integration into Push-Pull plots. The main focus of the UPSCALE project is to bring about large-scale adoption and sustainable intensification of ecologically friendly farming practices based on Push-pull technology in Eastern Africa. Push-pull technology was developed to control parasitic Striga weeds and moths infesting maize fields. The first versions of the classical Push-Pull technology involved the growing of pure stands of maize or sorghum intercropped with perennial push grass such as Desmodium. This presents a unique challenge to small-holder farmers in Eastern Uganda who mainly intercrop maize with at least one other crop, which hinders the uptake of the technology. Also, since the grasses are perennial, the technology becomes less important to farmers who practice crop rotation. After consultations with a wide range of stakeholders and farmers, Push-Pull technology leveraged with the other crops in order to tackle issues associated with intercropping and crop rotation. The suggested crops are vegetables such as kale, tomatoes, eggplants and sukuma

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EU Delegation Visit to UPSCALE partner ICIPE in Kenya

UPSCALE partner icipe hosted a very successful visit by 6 EU Ambassadors on the 12th March 2024. Concurrently, icipe staff members have engaged the Homabay county government more deeply and have started with the training of 54 agricultural extension officers. The European Union-Kenya Partnership, as part of the Global Gateway initiative, is committed to aiding Kenya’s transition towards a more environmentally sustainable future. From the 11th to the 12th of March, Her Excellency Ms. Henriette Geiger, the EU Ambassador in Kenya, together with  H.E. Dr. Christian Fellner from Austria, H.E. Mr. Sebastian Groth from Germany , H.E. Mr. Arnaud Suquet from France , H.E. Ms. Caroline Vicini from Sweden and H.E. Mr. Mirosław Gojdź from Poland , visited Homa Bay and Migori County, hosted by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe). Along with the EU Ambassadors, Ms. Irene Giribaldi, Head of Cooperation, Mr. Thomas Von Handel, Head of Political, Press and Information and Mr. Stephan FOX, Attaché, Infrastructure section, EU Delegation to the Republic of Kenya, also visited the icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus at Mbita, Kenya.  The visit commenced with a detailed briefing session on the theme “Contributions of EU in Development and Implementation of Climate-Smart Push-Pull

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The 3rd Kenya Annual National MAC Meeting

Name of the event: The 3rd Kenya Annual National MAC Meeting Date: The meeting took place on 07 December 2023 Venue: The meeting, jointly organized by icipe and MU, took place at Kisumu Hotel, Maseno University, situated in Kisumu City, Kenya. The selection of this venue was deliberate, driven by its proximity to the Push-Pull plots and the convenience it offered to all participating farmers. A total of twenty-eight participants, representing diverse organizations, actively took part in the meeting. After the meeting, participants visited the Push-Pull plots located at Daraja Mbili and Maseno University. This was a moment to witness first-hand the implementation and impact of Push-Pull technology in these specific agricultural settings. This event aimed to promote the benefits of Push-Pull and exchange ideas on other agroecology practices. Members of the Kenyan part of the UPSCALE team shared project progress in year two,  monitored the progress of Multi-actor platforms formation and PPT products value chain analysis. This was a great opportunity to disclose the plan for the UPSCALE project activities for the next quarter. Chief Guest Ms. Mary Ongadi AEO Kisumu County “It is truly an honour to be here today as the guest at this event focusing on

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