Optimising Pesticidal Plants:

Technology Innovation, Outreach and Networks

About the conferencevic1

The 2nd International Conference on Pesticidal Plants (ICPP2) was successfully held at Victoria Falls from the 6th to the 9th February 2017. All sessions at the confernece were live streamed on YouTube and the video archive can be accessed by the ICPP 2017 channel. The book of abstracts for the conference can be found here. A link to most of the presentations can be found here.
A proceedings of extended abstracts from the conference as well as a special issue of Industrial Crops and Products are being produced.  Links to these publications will appear here as soon as they are produced.
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The 2nd ICPP at Victoria Falls was organized around a four-day programme of events and themed scientific sessions focused on the sustainable use of plants in agricultural, livestock pest management and biopesticide development.

Plenary Speakers were:

  • Professor Murray Isman, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Dr Zibusiso Sibanda, FAO subregional office for southern Africa
    Professor Philip Stevenson, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, United Kingdom
  • Dr Azucena González-Coloma, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
  • Professor Steven Belmain, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
  • Dr Maria Pascual-Villalobos, Murcia Institute of Agri-Food Research and Development (IMIDA), Spain
  • Professor Jacobus N Eloff, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Professor Lameck Chagonda, University of Zimbabwe
  • Dr Pierluigi Caboni, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • Dr Leandro do Prado Riberio, EPAGRI/Research Centre for Family Agriculture, Brazil

A special issue of Industrial Crops and Products will be accepting manuscripts based on oral, poster papers or plenary talks presented at the Second International Conference on Pesticidal Plants. All participants are welcome to submit to the journal Industrial Crops and Products. However, participation in the conference does not automatically guarantee acceptance of your manuscript. Aspects on pesticidal plants such as: propagation and cultivation; harvesting, extraction and application on site; ecosystem services, African case studies; commercial scope of plant products for small holder farming systems etc. are under represented in the Journal. Please use the Elsevier Electronic System Platform for INDCRO for submissions, once the call for this Special Issue is opened. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2017. A Special Issue will be published with the accepted papers, subject to normal peer review. Instructions for authors and reviewing process will be according Journal guidelines and procedures. https://ees.elsevier.com/indcro  Manuscripts should be submitted at: http://ees.elsevier.com/indcro To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue it is important that authors select SI: ICPP2 when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

More details about the conference can be found in the second circular announcement, the ICPP facebook page and through this website.

ICPP2 builds on the successful outcomes of the 1st ICPP held in January 2013 that was hosted by Egerton University and the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya.

We look forward to seeing you all at one of the world's natural wonders in Feburary 2017 to discuss all aspects of research on pesticidal plants. 

Conference sponsors and exhibitors

The conference is part of an international project, OPTIONs Optimising Pesticidal Plants: Technology Innovation, Outreach and Networks, which is funded by the European Union’s Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Science and Technology Programme. We welcome sponsorship from organisations involved in pest management, organic agriculture, natural pesticide development, biodiversity conservation and higher & further education. Exhibition space will be available for organisations wishing to exhibit at the conference. Please contact Prof. Mvumi for further information on sponsorship opportunities and exhibition opportunities. Deadline for exhibitor registration is the 30th of November 2016.

Local organising committee

Prof Brighton Mvumi, University of Zimbabwe - Chair
Mr Emmanuel Nyahangare, University of Zimbabwe
Mr Tinashe Nyabako, University of Zimbabwe
Mr K Mashingaidze, Fambidzanai Permaculture
Dr C Gadzirayi, Bindura University of Science Education
Prof M. Gundidza, Harare Institute of Technology
Mr W Chakuzira, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
Ms F Nyakanda, Zimbabwe Organic Plant Producers Association
Mr E Machetu, Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre
Ms L Munyaradzi, Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre
Ms C Chapano, National Herbarium and Botanic Garden
Dr E Nyakudya, University of Zimbabwe
Prof L Changonda,University of Zimbabwe
Ms R Matumbu, National Biotechnology Authority
Mr I Chibaya, PhytoTrade
Mr E Mazhawidza, University of Zimbabwe
Mr L Matarirano, World Agroforestry Centre
Prof N Sithole, University of Zimbabwe
Dr J Mufandaedza, National Biotechnology Authority 

Scientific steering committee

Prof Phil Stevenson, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, United Kingdom
Prof Steve Belmain, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
Prof Brighton Mvumi, University of Zimbabwe
Dr John Kamanula, Mzuzu University, Malawi
Dr Paul Kusolwa, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
Dr Parveen Anjarwalla, World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya
Dr Phosiso Sola, World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya
Mr Paul Keeley, Sustainable Global Gardens, United Kingdom
Dr Patrick Muthoka, National Museums of Kenya

Conference venuevic2

The conference will be held at the Elephant Hills Resort.  The venue has excellent conference facilities and is a short distance from Victoria Falls National Park

Travelling to the Conference

Several airlines fly to Victoria Falls International Airport with frequent connecting flights particularly from Johannesburg OR Tambo airport, South Africa. 

The conference venue is also easily reached with flights to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, Zambia.  Frequent flights to Livingstone arrive from Johannesburg, Nairobi and Addis Ababa.

Delegates are resposible for making their own travel bookings. Delegates arriving in to Victoria Falls will be met by the conference organisers and transported to their hotel.  However, delegates arriving in to Livingstone will need to make their own way at their own expense across the Zambezi River frontier, paying any additional visa fees required.


Early bird registration by 31 October 2016

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 November 2016

Notification of abstract acceptance: 30 November 2016

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Early bird registration by October 31st 2016

  • International partcipant  300 USD
  • Zimbabwean participant  200 USD
  • International student  75 USD
  • Zimbabwean student  50 USD
  • Accompanying persons  100 USD

 Registration from November 1st 2016

  • International partcipant  350 USD
  • Zimbabwean participant  250 USD
  • International student  100 USD
  • Zimbabwean student  75 USD
  • Accompanying persons  150 USD

Registration fee includes: Conference entry (6-9 February, 2017), delegate pack and badge, conference bag and book of abstracts, welcome cocktail (February 6th), lunches, teas, gala dinner (February 9th) and transport from/to Victoria Falls international airport. 

The half day tour to Victoria Fall on Thursday afternoon (9th Feb) will be additional cost (XXX) payable on arrival.

A post conference tour to Hwange National Park is also going to be organised from Friday to Sunday 10-12 February 2017. Do indicate if you are interested in participating in the tour, and you will be contacted separately.

Payment can be made by bank transfer using the following details:

Account Number: 6724055
Branch code: 2157
Bank Physical Address: 2 Premium Close, Mt Pleasant Business Park, Mt Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe

In all transactions please quote “ICPP2017”

Kindly email proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All conference registration payments must be received by the 31st of December 2016.  Non-payment will result in abstracts being withdrawn and not appearing in the abstract book.

Under exceptional circumstances, payment of registration fees can be arranged on arrival.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.

Travel grants and sponsorship for some delegates and students will be available through application.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.



There will be usual equipment for making oral presentation, i.e. PC with installed MS Office. You can use PowerPoint for your lecture, if you need any other special software, do not hesitate to contact us.


Posters should be of maximum size of A0 portrait (841 mm x 1189 mm).


Abstract should involve full title, full names of all authors and co-authors, their affiliations, e-mail address of a corresponding author.
For oral presentations from more than one author please fill in the field "other authors". In case of more than one author of the abstract, please write the name(s) of other author(s) and affiliation(s) separated by semicolon.
Abstract text should be no more than 2,000 characters (including spaces).

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 November 2016

Notification of abstract acceptance: 30 November 2016


Call for Symposium and Workshop Proposals

Deadline: August 31st 2016

The 2nd International Conference on Pesticidal Plants (ICPP2), will be held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (6-9 February 2017). The Organising Committee is now inviting proposals for Symposia and Workshops for inclusion in the program. Symposia and Workshop titles will be numbered and listed on the Symposia platform and conference participants submitting abstracts will be able to nominate a symposium with which they feel their contribution is compatible. The Local Committe will negotiate with the symposium organiser on the inclusion of presentations from open submission.

Symposium proposals should comprise a title and brief description of the topics which are covered by the symposium (usually not longer than 200 words). We encourage inclusion of a diversity of views and perspectives. Ideally, each symposium will constitute a session of 6-8 time slots. But symposia may include additional sessions if demand through open submission is high. Potential symposium and workshop organisers are required to provide email confirmation from the proposed speakers when submitting their proposal. Workshops should generally focus on methodologies.

Current proposals

  1. Use of pesticidal plants to manage field crop pests
  2. Protecting post-harvest grain stores with pesticidal plants
  3. Soil invertebrate, weed management and bio-fertilizers
  4. Vectors of human and animal diseases
  5. Commercialization, biopesticides, policy and value chains
  6. Propagation, conservation and ecosystem services of pesticidal plants



The conference starts on Monday at 9 am and is expected to end on Thursday evening with a gala dinner.

A half day tour to Victoria Falls is planned for Thursday afternoon.

Monday, February 6th
8:00-9:00 registration
9:00-9:30 opening ceremony
9:30-10:30 plenary lecture
10:30-13:00 symposium I
13:00-14:00 lunch
14:00-17:00 symposium II
19:30 welcome cocktail

Tuesday, February 7th
9:00-10:00 plenary lecture
10:00-12:00 symposium III
12:00-13:30 lunch
13:30-15:30 symposium IV
15:30-17:00 poster session

Wednesday, February 8th
9:00-10:00 plenary lecture
10:00-12:00 symposium V
12:00-13:30 lunch
13:30-15:30 symposium VI
15:30-17:00 poster session

Thursday, February 9th
9:00-10:00  plenary lecture
10:00-12:00 symposium VII
12:00 closing session
12:15  lunch
13:30 trip to Victoria Falls (optional)
19:30 gala dinner



Participants are expected to arrive on Sunday, 5 February 2017 and depart on Friday 10 February 2017.

There are many hotels in Victoria Falls and delegates are obliged to make their own reservations and payment arrangements direct with the hotel of their choice.  We expect most delegates will wish to stay at the conference venue, the Elephant Hills Resort, where preferential rates have been secured of $120 per night.

Conference venue: 
Elephant Hills Resort (bed and breakfast per night is 120 USD)

To book this hotel, delegates should contact the hotel directly on the following emails: 
Sipho – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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Eunice – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Or telephone +263 772 132 160/2 or 013 – 44793 – 9

After booking, delegates can pay by credit card by dowloading and completing this form. Or invoices can be issued with payment via bank transfer.

Elephant Hills Resort Bank details:


Alternative hotels served by conference transport:
The N1 Hotel & Campsite (59 USD per room per night, breakfast addtional 5 USD)

Delegates staying at other hotels in Victoria Falls or Livingstone will be responsible for their own transport to/from the conference venue each day at their own cost.


The meeting is hosted by Professor Brighton Mvumi of the University of Zimbabwe. If you would like to be put on the conference email list please contact Professor Mvumi through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professor Brighton Mvumi, Department of Soil Science & Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zimbabwe, P. O. Box MP 167, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe

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