Optimising Pesticidal Plants:

Technology Innovation, Outreach and Networks

The 2nd International Conference on Pesticidal Plants (ICPP2) is currently happening at Victoria Falls from the 6th to the 9th February 2017. The meeting is being live streamed on YouTube and all sessions can be accessed by the ICPP 2017 channel. More details about the conference can be found on the ICPP2 page of this website

OPTIONs is a project funded by the European Union's ACP Science and Technology Programme. The project is about optimising the use of pesticidal plants, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

tephrosia with farmerOPTIONs is officially led and managed by Professor Phil Stevenson from the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich. The project is a collaboration with many experts from Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe. More information about the OPTIONs team can be found on the Partner page.

This website aims to provide information about the OPTIONs project as well as to act as a repository for general information about the use of pesticidal plants for crop protection.  General information can be found on the Background pages, the Publication page.  

Raising awareness about pesticidal plants, the advantages they have over synthetic pesticides to improve people's livelihoods, and delivering innovative ways to sustainably manage insect pests are important goals of the OPTIONs project.  More details about the project can be found on the About the Project pages.  And if you have any questions about our work, please make contact with us through our Contacts page.

OPTIONs has also developed four email and web based discussion forums around four topics of importance to developing and promoting pesticidal plants.  These groups allow members to post questions and information to each other related to the specific topic.  If you want to find out more about these groups and would like to join them, please see the below links.

Disscusion group about Policy and regulation issues

Disscusion group about Business and marketing issues

Disscusion group about Growing and propagating issues

Disscusion group about Seed sourcing and collection issues


I am happy to let you know that we managed to get farmers
from the coast (Kwale, Kenya) to plant Neem seedlings.
The nurseries are planted by youth groups. On the 14th May 2015,
with the said youth groups, we are planting
2500 Neem seedlings for its pesticidal benefits.


Asinatu Gamaliel
Foundation Coordinator
KTDA Foundation


OPTIONs project team




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