Scaling-up biocontrol innovations in Africa

Project: Research

Project Details


GCRF funded project led by the University of Leeds to develop sustainable pathways for upscaling biocontrol interventions in sub-Saharan Africa and embed them in national agricultural policies. The main objectives of the project were:
-Identify how biocontrol interventions have been successfully adopted and understand the bottlenecks to further adoption through a synthesis review and meta-analysis of biocontrol practices and agricultural policies in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
-Identify barriers to access of key inputs required, such as seeds and biocontrol agents, and initiate commercialisation opportunities.
-Explore how farmer-farmer networking can be facilitated using a prototype mobile phone-based information sharing system in the context of country-dependent farmer-led communication pathways.
Effective start/end date1/04/2030/09/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • biological control
  • insect pests
  • Africa
  • crop pests
  • sustainable agriculture
  • push-pull
  • botanical pesticides