Training up Zambian farmers in organic pest management using “push-pull” technology to improve crop yield.
We’re determined to change this, so we’re working with Send a Cow to protect Zambia’s crops and feed its people.
Growing food is tough in the Petauke District. Pests like Stemborer moths, parasitic Striga weed and Fall Armyworm are a big problem, so Send a Cow had the idea to train farmers in Push:Pull technology.
By intercropping Desmodium and Napier grass, cereal crops are protected. This is because the Desmodium releases a natural chemical that repels pests (push) whilst the Napier grass attracts them (pull). It’s simple but really effective. The goal is to protect growing crops so there will be enough for everyone to eat, with extra to sell for profit. Innovative and easy to adopt, it’s a brilliant way to help beat hunger sooner.
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