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Push-pull and Sustainable Development Goals

The Push-pull technology effectively delivers Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The technology controls the main biotic constraints to cereal production in Africa, mainly parasitic striga weeds and stemborer insect pests, leading to three-fold increase in staple cereal yields, and significantly improved food security, nutrition and incomes. Secondly it increases quality fodder production and animal health which translates into higher milk production and production of farm yard manure for fertilizing soil. The two impact pathways directly address SDG2 – Zero Hunger, SDG3-Good health and human wellbeing, and SDG1 – No poverty. Increased household income from higher crop and livestock productivity is leading to significantly increase household incomes. Farm communities are investing the increase income into children’s quality education (SDG4). Increasing numbers of female children are being enrolled in school, while production of forage seeds, like Desmodium seeds, increase incomes of female farmers (SDG 5- Gender Equality).

In another impact pathway the technology fixes atmospheric nitrogen into the soil, reduces soil erosion, conserves soil moisture, naturally improves soil carbon sequestration, biomass and soil biota, all of which improve soil health, the conservation of biodiversity and life on land (SDG 15).The technology has been adapted to mitigate climate change effects which directly addresses SDG 13 – Climate action.

goal 1

I am a widow and my Push-Pull farm has been my husband as it provides all my needs; I am now food secured and able to take care of my grandchildren.

Abigael Anyango from Eshirali Village, Butere District, Kenya

goal 5

At least I can nowadays even get surplus maize to sell and get additional income for other household needs. I am drinking milk from my dairy goat which is for good for my health.

Margaret Onyach, Kitueru Village, Rongo District, Kenya

goal 4

Through Push-Pull technology my dairy goats have access to quality fodder and are producing enough milk for my children to drink for good health and are free from malnutrition.

Mary Anyango Omongo, Imbo Village, Homabay District, Kenya

goal 2
Goal 4: Quality Education

 Paying school fees for my children is not a problem to me nowadays just because of Push-Pull technology.

George Ojiambo, Buroboi Village, Busia District, Kenya

goal 3

The training I got in establishing Push-Pull has built me and I now have good farming knowledge and skills. My social status in the community has increased as people now come to seek farming advice from me.

Nereah Sanya, Emasiebi Village, Busia District, Kenya

goal 7

Nature works! The Push-Pull technology has controlled striga weed and insect pests by using local plants and nature. It has improved our yields three-fold without using pesticides and chemical fertilizers, which damage the environment. Desmodium has also improved our soil fertility. I use desmodium and Napier grass to feed my dairy cattle and goats.

Remjus Asewe Bwana, Yenga Village, Kisumu District, Kenya

Our Goal
“To end hunger and poverty for 10 million people by extending Push-Pull technology to 1 million households in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020”, Zeyaur Khan, Coordinator, Push-Pull Programme
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