African Dryland Alliance for Pesticidal Plant Technologies:
A network for optimising and promoting the use of indigenous botanical knowledge for food security and poverty alleviation in Africa



ADAPPT aims to bring together this expertise across Africa and develop effective and high calibre collaborations among multidisciplinary teams of scientists to make more effective use of pesticidal plants, and promote their use more widely. There can, however, be problems associated with the use of pesticidal plants such as seasonal or geographic availability and variation in efficacy. Research on how to optimise pesticidal plant collection and sustainable use can help prevent over-harvesting. And developing propagation and cultivation methods can help meet local demand as well as stimulate small enterprise development.

The ADAPPT project aims to:

  1. Strengthen scientific and technological capacity of African nations to exploit pesticidal plants and optimise their use for poor farmers.
  2. Establish a pesticidal plant network of agricultural scientists and technicians working at the national and international level across African nations as well as developing national networks in each target country.
  3. Develop and optimise cost effective insect pest management technologies based on pesticidal plant materials, particularly for producing high value vegetable crops, protecting stored products for household food security, and promoting ecto-parasite control on livestock.
  4. Assist the small-scale farming sector across African dry-lands to deal with their pest problems by optimising their indigenous knowledge.

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