icipe’s capacity building effort has always been intricately in-built into its Research and Development programmes. These span the whole continuum, from basic strategic research to technology development and validation, and ultimately community-based adaptation. Hence, icipe's training objectives at all levels are achieved as the Centre undertakes its core research work in fulfilment of its mandate. For nearly four decades, the centre has made significant impact in key areas in capacity and institutional building activities namely:

  • High-level manpower training at postgraduate level for leadership in scientific research and policy formulation;
  • Dissemination of technologies to national agricultural and health research and extension systems through group training courses; and 
  • Institutional development by nurturing and strengthening of African organisations and institutions.

  • Pierre Celestin Ndayisaba , PhD Student
  • Climate change mitigation through improved soil health; carbon sequestration and nitrogen fixation under the push-pull technology as a case study


  • Duncan Cheruiyot, PhD Student
  • Understanding agronomic and phytochemical properties of Brachiaria for use in the control of cereal stemborer under different climate change scenarios


  • Nancy Karimi Njeru, PhD Student
  • Towards understanding the role of push-pull cropping system in management of mycotoxins in maize in East Africa.


  • Daniel Munyao Mutyambai, PhD Student
  • Exploitation of early-herbivory alert in Poaceae in the development of an integrated management strategy for cereal stemborer pests in Africa.


  • Taruss Ruth Chepchirchir, PhD Student
  • Economics of integrating Push-pull technology in dairy-maize farming systems in Eastern Uganda.


  • Frank Chidawanyika, PhD Student
  • Plant drought and temperature stress effects on the production of electrophysiologically active biogenic volatiles important for the push-pull strategy in cereals .




  • George Asudi, PhD Student
  • Dynamics of Napier stunt phytoplasma between wild and cultivated graminae in East Africa.


  • Tigist Assefa Tolosa, PhD Student
  • Chemical ecology of plant to plant communcation and opportunities for cereal stemborers management in Africa


  • Ammanuel Tamiru, PhD Student
  • Stemborer oviposition induced semiochemicals in maize and their effects on egg and larval parasitoids.


  • Evans Obura, PhD Student
  • Studies on the insect vector, alternative host plants and molecular dissection for phytoplasma resistance in Napier grass.


  • Emilly Wamalwa, MSc Student
  • Sreening for resistance of Napier grass (Pennisetum Purpurium) and alternative fodder grasses against Napier Stunt disease.


  • Adam Okinyi, MSc Student
  • Determination of phytoplasma host range among wild grasses in Kenya.

  • Henlay Otieno Juma Magara, MSc Student
  • The effect of herbivore induced plant volatiles by signal grass, Brachiaria Brizantha on neighboring maize for stemborer management.


  • Sammy Olomula , MSc Student
  • Enhancing Smallholder Farmers' Capacity for Learning and Adoption of Push-Pull Technology through Video and Computer Communication Tools in Western Kenya.


  • Boniface Juma Walla, MSc Student
  • Screening and Characterization of Napier Collections for Stunt Disease in Central and Western Kenya.


  • Noel Makete , MSc Student


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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