Prof. Zeyaur Khan
  • Principal Scientist and Programme Leader

Prof. Zeyaur R. Khan is a Principal Scientist at icipe. He has dedicated his 30 year career as an international agricultural scientist to advancing the science and practice of agriculture by studying and applying chemical ecology, behavior, plant-plant and insect-plant interactions to improve farm productivity to combat poverty and food insecurity in Africa. He is responsible for the discovery and wide scale implementation of a pro-poor scientific innovation for enhancing food security and environmental sustainability in Africa. This was achieved through the biologically-based IPM technology called ‘Push-Pull’ (www.push-pull.net), developed for small-holder cereal-livestock African farmers. Prof. Khan’s work is a wonderful example demonstrating that creativity and innovation in science can provide practical solutions for the real problems of thousands of small-holder poor farmers and promote their food security and sustainable livelihoods. Prof. Khan obtained his Ph.D. from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in 1980. Before joining icipe, he worked with International Rice Research Institute (1983-1991), University of Wisconsin, Madison (1985-1986) and Kansas State University, Manhattan (1991-1993). Prof. Khan also holds a position of Visiting Professor at Cornell University. Prof. Khan is Fellow of Entomological Society of America and Fellow of Royal Entomological Society, London. In 2009 Prof. Khan was awarded the International IPM excellence award, a plenary speaker at during XXIII International Congress of Entomology in 2008 and the 2010 winner of the Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology. He has authored/co-authored over 100 scientific papers in referred journals, over 10 book chapters, five books and several booklets and brochures.

Dr. Charles Midega
  • Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Charles Midega, a Marquis Who’s Who in the World biographee, is a senior research scientist at icipe. He holds an MSc (2002) and PhD (2005) in Agricultural Entomology from Kenyatta University (Kenya), and two postdoctoral fellowships, from icipe (Kenya) and Kyushu University (Japan). He is directly involved in implementation of the Push-Pull technology in East Africa while adapting it to different agro-ecologies, cereal systems and farmer profiles. He is also involved in the chemical ecology research on plant to plant communication and plant-insect interactions and their exploitation for pest management in cereal and cotton production systems. He evaluates the technology’s impacts on ecological integrity of the agro-ecosystems, specifically its impacts on pests’ generalist and specialist natural enemies, as well as above and below ground arthropod diversity. He has extensive experience on biostatistics as well as development of IPM approaches, biodiversity evaluation and sustainable exploitation in different ecosystems, tritrophic interactions in both cropping and forest systems, and chemical ecology, having been involved in similar work in Kenya, South Africa and Japan. He has authored/co-authored over 40 scientific papers in refereed journals, book chapters, books and educational materials in these fields.

Jimmy Pittchar
  • Social Scientist

Jimmy Pittchar is a social scientist. He holds a Masters degree in Population and Development studies, with specialisation in research methodology, and a B.Sc in computer science and statistics from University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is part of an inter-disciplinary research team responsible for implementation and up-scaling of the Push-pull technology in East Africa, conducting social science research, and developing strategic partnerships with national research and extension systems as well as NGOs and the private sector. He is helping smallholder farmers to intensify and sustainably improve their cereal crop and livestock productivity, and researching technology diffusion processes, rural smallholder farmers’ knowledge bases, innovation systems, livelihood strategies and options for disseminating best practices. Prior to joining icipe, he worked for over 15 years with United Nation’s specialized agencies and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) where he was responsible for programme management, regional integration, social science research and implementation of development programs in 22 African countries. He has also taught quantitative techniques, and social science research methodology at the University of Nairobi’s Population Studies and Research Institute.

Dr. Mohammed Hassan
  • Visiting Scientist

Dr. Mohamed Hassan is a visiting scientist at icipe and is currently coordinating a Tokyo University of Agriculture-icipe project on evaluation of different grass boundaries on management of maize stemborer pests. Dr. Mohamed obtained his B.Sc. from Somali National University (SNU), Mogadishu in 1986, MSc and PhD at Kenyatta University in 1997 and 2004 respectively. Before joining icipe, he worked in joint projects between Somali Government and Wyoming university at Bay Agricultural Research Institute, Somalia. He was also involved, together with the Somali national extension department, in training farmers on prevention of insect-induced crop and grain damages. Dr. Mohamed has also been involved in collaborative research and extension with different research institutes, such as the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), on Sorghum screening against insects resistant; the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), on screening legume varieties for pod-borer resistance and early maturity; and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), on army worm monitoring and forecasting.

Dr. Alice Murage
  • Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr Alice Murage is an Agricultural Economist. She holds a PhD degree in Agricultural economics from Egerton University (2011), a Master degree in Agricultural economics from University of Nairobi (2004) and a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture (University of Nairobi, 1995). Murage joined icipe in February 2012 as a Post Doctoral Fellow, having successfully completed her PhD degree under the Push-Pull project, which was sponsored by German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) through the ARPPIS Program of icipe. She did her research on the efficiency and effectiveness of dissemination pathways for Push-Pull technology in western Kenya. Currently, she is spearheading the dissemination and up-scaling of push-pull technology in eastern Uganda. Before joining icipe, Murage worked at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) for 8 years as an economist in the livestock programs, and previously in agricultural extension for 6 years in the ministry of Agriculture. Murage has (co)authored 5 publications in international journals and 16 in local and regional conferences.

Levine Mbelase

  • Project Management Officer

Levine Mbelase has joined the Push-Pull Programme as a Project Management Officer. She obtained a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and Technology from Maseno University in 2009, and later joined the Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, where she graduated in 2013 with an MSc. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular biology. She interned at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Laboratories in Kilifi for six months before being employed as an Assistant Research Officer (ARO) at the same organization. She has also interned at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and at the KEMRI Centre for Vector Biology and Control Research, Kisumu.

Benard Kimani
  • Technician

Benard is a technician at icipe. A graduate of Moi University with a Bachelor of Technology degree. Bernard has had brief stints with Pricewaterhouse Coopers Kenya, Airtel (formerly Zain) Kenya Ltd and Dawa Pharmaceuticals between 2008 and November 2010, before coming to icipe.





Dickens Nyagol
  • Technician

Dickens is a technician, working with the smallholder farming communities in western Kenya in furthering the adoption of the Push-Pull technology. He is also involved in training of different farming groups on desmodium seed production besides working with icipe partners.






Eshmail Kidiavai
  • Technician

Eshmail is a technician screening wild grass and Desmodium species for their tolerance to drought. He also screens the grasses ability to attract and trap stemborers; and Desmodium to repel stemborers. The grasses and Desmodium with these qualities will be incorporated in Push-Pull systems for farmers in drier areas. He has previously worked on Napier Stunt Disease Project where he assisted to identify the disease vector and screening of Napier varieties for resistance to the disease.




Kennedy Anyango
  • Technician

Kennedy is a research technician at icipe. He is currently under Push-Pull project on climate change, screening various grass and Desmodium species for their resistance to drought and high temperatures. He holds a BSc degree in Biological sciences from Moi University, Kenya, 2006. Prior to joining icipe, Kennedy worked as a research technician in a Rockefeller funded, Moi University- Sorghum midge project at KARI-Kibos between 2006 and 2008, where he was involved in screening sorghum varieties for their tolerance with regard to Striga and midge attack. He also had research training on collection, rearing and identification of grass associated stemborers and their parasitoids as well as field and screen house operations on a series of projects under push-pull technology in icipe-Mbita between 2005 and 2006.

Amos Gadi
  • Technician

Amos is a technical assistant, rearing and diet preparation of Busseola fusca, Chilo partellus, and parasitoids for research and development.





Silas Ouko
  • Technical Assistant

Silas is a technical assistant. He is involved in both lab and field experiments.




Aloice Ndiege
  • Technical Assistant

Aloice is a technical assistant at icipe. He holds an advance diploma in community development and resource mobilization from Cambridge, UK; a diploma in veterinary science from Thomsom Education Direct, USA; and a certificate in Agriculture, from Moi Institute Technology, Kenya. As a technical assistant, Mr. Ndiege is working with the smallholder farming communities in western Kenya in furthering the adoption of the Push-Pull technology. He is also involved in training of different farming groups on desmodium seed production besides working in partnership with Heifer Project International (HPI) and AIDSRELIEF Catholic Relief Services and other NGOs’ in technology dissemination. Previously, he assisted the scientists in setting up on-station and on-farm experiments on the Push-Pull technology in addition to dissemination of the technology in Eastern Uganda through strategic partnerships with players in the cereal-livestock value chains, and farmer to farmer approaches such as Farmer Field Schools.

Joseph Ondijo
  • Technical Assistant

Joseph is a technical assistant, involved in the on-station experimental trials.






Joshua Owino
  • Farmer Trainer

Joshua is a farmer trainer.






Geoffery Nyang’au Nyanchwayah
  • Farmer Trainer

Nyangau is a farmer trainer







Philemon Orondo
  • Webmaster

Philemon is responsible for the development of this website (www.push-pull.net) as well as ICT administration.




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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