Kenya Overcomes Pests and Weeds with Ecological Solutions

Publication - 26 January, 2010
Kenyan farmers utilize local knowledge of ecological and sustainable farming practices to cope with pests, enhancing yields over industrial agriculture or monoculture, by up to 350 percent.

Executive summary: In East Africa, maize farmers are overcoming some of their most damaging plant and insect pests in an ecologically sustainable manner. A proven approach called the 'push-pull system' utilises ecology to improve yields by stopping plant and insect pests. A multi-year study in six districts of Kenya showed consistent maize yield gains for the push-pull system over monoculture, sometimes as high as 350 percent (Khan 2008). The integrated approach relies on ecological knowledge and diverse farming methods rather than chemicals or GE (genetic engineering).

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See also:

Counting the Costs of Genetic Engineering - the report documents numerous case studies demonstrating the adverse environmental, economic and social impacts of genetic engineering, suggesting sustainable agricultural solutions instead.

Benefits of Diversity in Rice Farming - case study of ecological / sustainable rice farming in China.