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Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) 2018

Ecological intensification of smallholder farms in Kenya


Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI)

Titre : Ecological intensification of smallholder farms in Kenya

Région /Pays : Kenya

Date : Start : 15/11/2018 — End : 15/11/2019

There is limited knowledge on the agronomic potential of biodiversity-based ecosystem services such as natural pest control and pollination in smallholder systems. To sustainably intensify production, there is an urgent need to develop safe, sustainable and affordable methods to reduce pest burdens whilst increasing yields. The ecological intensification opportunities identified in this project will underpin future research to help provide an economic benefit to farmers’ incomes and reduce health risks, contributing to ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture.

This project will facilitate the formalization of an effective research partnership between key sustainable agriculture research organisations across SSA and University of Reading.The aim is researchers from the UK and SSA to collaborate, to provide pilot data (both socio-economic and ecological) to inform the implementation of ‘Ecological Intensification’ (EI) for smallholder vegetable farmers.

EI is a novel approach to sustainable intensification which utilizes biodiversity-based ecosystem services to support greater yield and reduce reliance on agrochemicals. EI approaches are beginning to transform agriculture, globally, but little progress has been made in SSA. Considerable research investment is therefore required.Working alongside other partners, CABI will lead socio-economic interviews of smallholder farms in Kiambu and Muranga counties, Kenya. The survey will gather data on the challenges facing farmers, considering primary pests (supported by information from CABI’s Plant Doctor network) and crop pollination, and identify possible EI management solutions including incentives and barriers to adoption.

Partenaires : Natural History Museum UK ; National Museum of Kenya ; University of Reading (UoR)

Donateur : GCRF Strategic Fund

Présentation : CABI

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