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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: Eradicate Hunger and Extreme Poverty
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 2: Achieve Universal Primary 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: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women.
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 4: Reduce Infant Mortality
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 5: Improve Maternal Health
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 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases
As widows, we are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. Through participation in Push-Pull technology, we meet weekly and use the forum to learn more on the technology and engage in income generating activities which have empowered us to live an independent life and in positive way for the sake of our children.
Hellen Otieno, Lambwe, Suba District, Kenya
Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
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
Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
HPI works in partnership with Push-Pull Project to end hunger and poverty through provision of dairy goats and cows to farmers. Our collaboration in Kenya has enabled families to achieve self-reliance in food production and income generation on a sustainable basis. This experience can be replicated in other countries to develop a global partnership for development.
Alex Kirui, Country Director, Heifer International (HPI), Kenya
“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,