Increased smallholder farmer's productivity by efficient use and application of environmental friendly insect pests control strategies


integrated pest management, entopathogenic fungi, species distribution modelling, climate change




The project is a collaboration between icipe in Nairobi and ZEF. It is part of the Volkswagen Foundation´s Postoc Fellowship-Program for African Researchers “Resources, their Dynamics, and Sustainability – Capacity Development in Comparative and Integrated Approaches”.
The overall aims of the project are  

  1. Apply information obtained from previous projects to develop a database of key insect pests found in different regions of Africa; associate to each pest its control measures, then compile the information to build mobile phone app for providing advices in the context of integrated pest management (IPM).
  2. Develop spatial and temporal models to predict and conduct impacts assessments of climate change induced effects on the BC based EPF, analyse the level of pathogenesis and speed of killing pests by selected EPF isolates.
  3. Synthesize through holistic system thinking simulation approach different options of IPM practices and provide priority setting of best control measure based on the environmental conditions. Provide practical policies guidance to IPM practitioners.
  4. Promote and stimulate adoption of bio-pesticides for agriculture insect pest control and increase capacity through postgraduate training and training of partners in the use of mobile phone based tools in IPM context.

ICIPE has identified potent EPF isolates for insect pest management that have no adverse effects on parasitoids and predators. In a previous project, our partners and us have conducted experiments and developed innovative models to predict the potential ecological fitness with the aim of optimizing field application for efficient use against agricultural pests.

Main Cooperation Partners


Main Funding Partners

Volkswagen Foundation

Duration of the Project

06/2018 - 06/2020


Lisa Biber-Freudenberger

Jun.-Prof. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger


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