The purpose of this project is to enhance widespread application of Push-Pull technology and effectiveness of the current dissemination and promotion efforts to reach many smallholder farmers through integration of the technology in their farming systems. This will increase productivity of their crops (mainly cereals) and livestock (mainly dairy), while ensuring environmental sustainability and climate-resilience in the smallholder crop–livestock production systems. This is in the wake of climate change scenarios experienced by smallholder farmers such as changes in rainfall patterns, increases in atmospheric temperatures, and incidences of crop and animal pests. This project will ensure that farmers are aware and are implementing adaptive measures to address climate change, and adopt sustainable farming strategies that are contributing to food security and improving household incomes, having positive impacts on human, animal, environmental and plant health conditions. Specifically the project focuses on improving access to the multi-functional Push-Pull technology information, to strengthen agricultural information provision to both extension providers and farmers, and to disseminate technology information to thousands of smallholder farmers in East Africa, with the overall development goal of improving food security, environmental sustainability and incomes of smallholder farmers in East Africa through implementation, dissemination and integration of Push-Pull technology in their farming systems.
The project targets to reach over 5,000 subsistence smallholder female and male farmers producing cereals in mixed cropping systems with livestock in East Africa within year 1 of implementation. This will be achieved through wide scale implementation of technology and integrated livestock development components, using the existing field extension backstopping and strengthening farmer-to-farmer extension and working in close collaboration with public and private sectors in the East Africa mainly: Heifer International Project-Kenya, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)
, Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture/ Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development through the National Agriculture and Livestock Extension Programme (NALEP), Lake Zone Agricultural Research and Developing Institute (LZARDI), Tanzania, Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and farmer groups.
Overall development goal
Improving food security, environmental sustainability and incomes of smallholder farmers in East Africa through implementation, dissemination and integration of Push-Pull technologies in their farming systems.
- Creation of awareness among important stakeholders, especially government extension agencies, to build up sustainable structures linking farmers’ organisations with extension services/government/NGOs and research for effective dissemination of Push-Pull technology;
- Building/strengthening stakeholder capacities and collaboration and linkages for subsequent technology refinement, deployment, resource mobilisation, and for influencing policies meant to improve food security among smallholder farmers;
- Scaling-up of Push-Pull technology and integrated livestock development components through farmer-to-farmer extension strategies, and using the existing field extension backstopping mechanisms;
- Conducting applied research on a need basis to respond to emerging needs, e.g. contributing to the development of an integrated management approach for the Napier stunt disease.