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IPM implementation in coffee/vegetable small-holder production systems in Kenya


World Bank Global IPM Facility


Coffee Research Foundation, Kenya Institute of Organic Farming, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture

Project Description

Kenyan women doing farmer participatory research in vegetables

Problem/Issue. Many methods for IPM have been developed, but acceptance by poor farmers has been disappointing. Newer methods, including Farmer Field Schools and participatory research have shown promise in several countries.

CABI Commodities input. An IPM training of trainers course (TOT) for farmer field schools (FFS) was organized, in which 11 front-line extension staff (facilitators) were trained and a total of 4 FFS (65 farmers) participated. The facilitators trained will form a core of Master trainers for future expansion of IPM training in the region. The farmers were trained in Agro-Ecosystem Analysis (AESA) through FFS methods, so as to have the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions on crop management practices.ToT and FFS curricula were developed for coffee/vegetable IPM in four small scale production systems in Kenya.

Project Successes. Participatory experimentation was initiated with farmers to develop locally adaptable and sustainable IPM methods. The project also demonstrated the benefits of inter-institutional collaboration between national and international agricultural research organizations, the state extension system and NGOs in implementing IPM strategies which meet the needs of small-scale farmers.

What Next

In 1998 two of the FFS groups worked with KIOF, CABI and KARI to scientifically validate various traditional, non-chemical organic methods for controlling pests and diseases in vegetable nursery beds and in the field after transplanting, using locally available resources such as plants, milk, ash etc, and physical methods such as burning trash or applying boiling water to get rid of diseases in the soil.The groups remain active, and continue to work with CABI, KARI and KIOF when opportunities arise.

Dr. B. Nyambo (Co-ordinator)

Start date: 1996

End date: 1998

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CABI Commodities Coffee Co-ordinator - Dr. Peter Baker - p.baker@cabi.org
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CABI Commodities Project Administrator - cabi-commodities@cabi.org