Promoting ant-based pest control in tree crops in West-Africa [Ants-based Pest Control project]

Published on 27 April 2010

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Start Date: 15 June 2006 | End Date: 15 June 2010



The long-term goal of the project is to create an African network for the promotion of locally-developed non-chemical fruit crop management practices. Past experience shows that tree-dwelling ants (Oecophylla smaragdina in Asia and O. longinoda in Africa) have an important role to play in such ecologically-based practices. Eventually, it is expected that this network will contribute to the reduction of pesticide use and better quality produce, while enhancing biodiversity and improving farmers’ livelihood in African inland valleys, while safeguarding inland valleys from pesticide accumulation.

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