PushPull as solution for Fall Armyworm in Africa

This solution addresses Stemborer pests, Striga weed, soil fertility, fall armyworm, increase yield in Subsaharan Africa for farmers, women, private sector

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Problem Description

The PushPull technology was initially designed to control striga weeds and stemborer pest on cereal crops in Africa. The technology addresses issues such as low soil fertility, low yield and most importantly it provides fodder for livestock. Later on after adapting the technology to different challenges eg climate change, it is now found to be able to control Fall armyworm a menace to food security and livelihood of millions of farmers in Africa. Today the technology has over 150000 adopters which remains low compared to the overall numbers of farmers on the continent.

Story

Many people are curious to know whether the technology really works and it controls Striga weed and stemborer, Also whether it increases yield and that controls Fall Armyworm. Overall can the technology improve the livelihood of farmers and is push-pull is environmentally friendly?
PushPull was successfully introduced in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania. We are currently disseminating it in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Rwanda. The technology works and delivers the expected outputs.

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Organisations Involved

Contributed By

  • Saemi Ledermann, George Washington University
  • Stefan Diener Diener, Biovision Foundation

Solution Stage

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Growing scaling and spreading6
Strong leadership, management, implementation skills
  • Business or organisational growth
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Legislation
  • Spreading ideas
  • Transferring practice
  • Fidelity assessments may be important
  • Strong capacity needed to ensure transfer of practice
MEDIUM
  • Equity, loans, payment by results, social impact bonds
HIGH
Evidence derived from evaluations in multiple sites, and independently run randomised control trials
Innovation or impact at scale

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