Caesalpinioid Woodlands of Southern Africa: Optimising the Indigenous Use of Pesticidal Plants

This project officially ended on the 31st of December 2009. It sought to improve the livelihoods of farmers in Southern Africa by enhancing the use of pesticidal plants.

A new project called the ADAPPT project builds on the activities that took place in the SAPP project, and we encourage visitors to go to the ADAPPT website for further developments.

The SAPP project was funded by the Implementation and Coordination of Agricultural Research and Training (ICART) Programme of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region.

It brought together University, NGO and government partners from Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the UK.

Caesalpinioid woodlands contain a diverse range of plant species (e.g. Miombo, Mopane). The habitat stretches across southern Africa to include large parts of Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, DR Congo, South Africa and Tanzania. These semi-arid African woodlands are under threat from a number of issues such as climate change, agricultural expansion, overgrazing, uncontrolled fires, and their unsustainable use by man (e.g. firewood collection). The SAPP project aims to help promote the conservation and sustainable utilisation of Caesalpinioid woodlands by improving the ways in which pesticidal plants are utilised. Photo P. Stevenson.

Spraying synthetic pesticides is rarely carried out wearing the correct protective clothing. Photo S. Nyirenda.


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