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Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

UPSCALE

UPSCALING THE BENEFITS OF PUSH-PULL TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL INTENSIFICATION IN EAST AFRICA

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter   Marcell Peters   Jie Zhang

Förderer: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Homepage: https://upscale-h2020.eu/


Zusammenfassung:

UPSCALE is a H2020 Research & Innovation project worth €7.66 million, which started in November 2020 and lasts for 5 years. The project aims to take key steps to realize the transformative potential of push-pull technology by expanding its scope and applicability from individual fields to whole landscapes and regions, and from cereal to other important crops and cultivation systems. The overall goal is to address food security, livelihoods and climate change resilience in the sub-Saharan region of East Africa, while reducing the environmental impact of agricultural practices. For this, it will foster the design, adaptation and adoption of strategies for integrated agro-ecological management based on push-pull technology for wide-spread and climate-resilient sustainable intensification.

UPSCALE aims to take key steps to realize the transformative potential of push-pull technology, to address food security, livelihoods and climate change resilience in the sub-Saharan region of East Africa, while reducing the environmental impact of agricultural practices. For this, it will foster the design, adaptation and adoption of strategies for integrated agro-ecological management based on push-pull technology for wide-spread and climate-resilient sustainable intensification.

UPSCALE will collaborate with farmers and regional partners to decide on a prioritized list of candidate crops from conventional, organic, cash and mixed subsistence crops, for adapting to push-pull. Particular attention will be paid to integration within women-based farming systems as a means of gender mainstreaming, and to the use of traditional varieties and locally available and economically or culturally useful plant species in the development of effective push-pull innovation packages.