International Journal of Agriculture Extension and Social Development
2021, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part B
A guide for farmers participating in on-farm technology trials for stem borer control in Kwale and Kilifi counties, Kenya
Preston O Chitere, Fassil G Kiros
The Interactive Socio-Economic Research for Integrated Pest Management (ISERIPM) was one of the first projects that was developed by researchers at the Social Science Department of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). IPM technologies had been developed by biological scientists in collaboration with social scientists in western Kenya. Incidentally the insect pest damage of food crops was not as severe in the western as it was in coastal areas of Kenya. With financial support obtained from the Rockefeller Foundation, ICIPE launched the project in the coastal area of Kenya. Kwale and Kilifi counties were chosen as the project sites owing to high incidence of insect pest infestation of food crops. A baseline survey was completed in the sites followed by selection of eight (8) villages as sub-sites and 89 participating farmers. Out of the 89 farmers 8 (one from each village) served as Trial Farmers and the others as follow-up farmers. This guide was prepared for the participating farmers by the authors who were social scientists responsible for implementation of the project.
We acknowledge support provided by Grace Goodell of the John Hopkins School, U.S.A. who assisted ICIPE to obtain this project and John Lynam of the Rockefeller Foundation office, Nairobi for his wholehearted support of the project. We also acknowledge the biological scientists Dr. A. Nyarko, Dr. S. Ajala, Dr. M. Odindo and Dr. A.M. Nour for their practical work with farmers and in support in preparation of this handout. The handout was also translated in Kiswahili which was widely spoken by farmers of the project sites.
Preston O Chitere, Fassil G Kiros. A guide for farmers participating in on-farm technology trials for stem borer control in Kwale and Kilifi counties, Kenya. Int J Agric Extension Social Dev 2021;4(2):131-137. DOI: 10.33545/26180723.2021.v4.i2b.114