Newsletter #3

We are continuing to disseminate and encourage people to use Push-Pull technology. According to the farmers, PPT is the best technology and it helped them out with their household income, along with health and animal nutrition. Based on increased interest, we are working on raising the knowledge about technology and field preparations through agricultural shows and direct presentations at their homes. Currently, we are struggling to find quality seeds, but I believe that this problem will be solved eventually.

Ignath H. Rwiza  (PhD)  | Plant breeder
Ministry of Agriculture | TARI-Ukiriguru
National Country Coordinator for Tanzania, UPSCALE

UPSCALE General Assembly Meeting

General Assembly Meeting in Tanzania

The General Assembly is of paramount importance for the UPSCALE project's efforts in promoting push-pull technology and sustainable intensification in Sub-Saharan Africa. It enables knowledge sharing, collaboration, decision-making, and monitoring, thereby fostering a comprehensive and inclusive approach to addressing the challenges of agricultural development in the region. By bringing together diverse stakeholders, the General Assembly contributes to the project's overall effectiveness, ensuring its relevance, and promoting sustainable and inclusive agricultural practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. The General Assembly meeting took place in Mwanza, Malalaika resort, on February 13th and 15th 2023, hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture in Tanzania, TARI-Ukiriguru.
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Second Regional Stakeholders Meeting in Tanzania

Following the General Assembly in Mwanza, Tanzania, TARI organised a regional stakeholder's meeting to end the week on a high note with the visit and open support from the regional Commissioner for Agriculture.
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4th Quarterly Rwanda MAC workshop
The event was organized by Food for the Hungry in Partnership with Rwanda Agriculture Board. The overall objective of this event was to asses how push-pull farmers both existing and new adopters conform with season preparation and planting and look at the challenges they are encountering during this time. 
More info on the event here
Deliverable D3.1 Prototype catalogue of associations between push-pull factors and arthropods
This report presents the deliverable on prototype approaches to associate push-pull factors with arthropod distributions and outcomes including yield.
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Deliverable D8.8 Adaptation of the e-Granary App for integration of push-pull farmers
The e-Granary platform was customized with add-on features that support registration of new farmers and bulk messaging to registered farmers, including a user-friendly farmers’ feedback interface. An overview of the platform, customization and integration with the UPSCALE Knowledge Exchange Hub (KEH) as well as the dissemination plans and campaigns/messaging schedules are outlined in the report.
Read the whole document here
Successful African-EU Collaboration at 5th AU-EU Agriculture Ministerial Conference
Five Funded Projects Showcased, including UPSCALE, Paving the Way for Sustainable Agricultural Innovations in Africa
UPSCALE’s success at the “Building Partnerships for Health and Sustainable Agricultural Development in East Africa” symposium
UPSCALE project partners Alice Murage, Beatrice Muriithi, Fredah Maina and Dave Ireri participated as speakers and panelists.
MAC meeting highlights - farmer testimonials
This grass that we use in the Push Pull program is very good for the animals, the cows that ate it have a lot of energy, now we dry 25 fields a day. You can hear that besides the corn production has increased, now we have become farmers."
Habibya Apolineri, the leader of the Abadatezukakumusi group
shows us the mixture of grasses fed to the cows that will produce fruit
A database of regional and local organisations participating in MACs was created and published for easier overview and access. 
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New Research Papers published
Combining Milpa and Push‑Pull Technology for sustainable food production in smallholder agriculture. A review
Our partners from Justus Liebig University Giessen, Felipe Libran and Adewole Olagoke, together with our dedicated project coordinator, Emily Martin, have made a huge effort to present the advantages of both milpa system and Push-Pull technology in a recent scientific paper "Combining Milpa and Push‑Pull Technology for sustainable food production in smallholder agriculture. A review".
Farmers’ perceived pathways for further intensification of push-pull systems in Western Kenya
Our partners from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Sylvia Imbuhila Buleti, Moses Gichua and Samuel Were, together with our dedicated project coordinator formerly at Institute of Geobotany, Leibniz University Hannover presently at Department of Animal Ecology and Systematics, Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, University of Giessen, Emily Poppenborg Martin and Adewole Olagoke, together with  International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Frank Chidawanyika, have used key informant interviews and focus group discussions to explore farmers’ needs and perceived pathways for integrating push-pull and other sustainable intensification practices in synergy with existing cropping systems in Kisumu, Vihiga and Siaya Counties in Western Kenya.
Sustainable intensification of vegetable production using the cereal ‘push‑pull technology’: benefits and one health implications
Our partners from International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Frank Chidawanyika, Beatrice Muriithi,  Saliou Niassy, Fredrick O. Ouya, Jimmy O. Pittchar, Menale Kassie and  Zeyaur R. Khan have applied a cross-sectoral approach to address global health risks and the need for coherent multipronged countermeasures. In a bid to elevate the nutrition-sensitivity status sub-Saharan Africa, they have recently intensified the cereal push-pull technology by adding vegetables and legumes whilst simultaneously closing yield gaps through judicious usage of land, and environmental and crop protection based on farmer needs. 
Live from the fields
NARO, Uganda: Planting of Push-pull demo sites in Namutumba and Kamuli districts and Iganga - Magada, Kagulu, Kiwanyi and Kibale sub counties in Namutumba district; and Nabwigulu, Namwendwa, Bulopa and Kisozi sub counties in Kamuli district as well as Bulamagi, Nakigo and Namungalwe town council. The farmers actively participated in the planting of push-pull fields. Asked all questions concerning the management and all were answered. Farmers picked interest in setup of fields and they asked for seed. We gave out 8.1kg of Desmodium and 4.05kg of Bracharia to 81 farmers.
Knowledge Exchange Hub
KEH highlights - How to push-pull page
The project activities are conducted in five main study regions within East African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania), each of these regions being selected to encompass different biophysical (including climate, soils, topography) and farming system characteristics.
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Supporter network

Rwanda: the Bridge publishes UPSCALE article

eGranary app
e-Granary secures supply contracts, giving farmers a predictable and consistent market. The platform connects smallholder farmers clustered in viable economic producer groups at one end, and large off-takers at the other end.
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