SAPP Project – Caesalpinioid Woodlands of Southern Africa: Optimising the Use of Pesticidal Plants

Published on 22 January 2010

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Start Date: 1 January 2007 | End Date: 31 December 2009



The objectives of ICRAF’s input in this study are:

1. Generate data on propagation criteria for pesticidal plant materials that are sought after, rare and/or commonly used by people living in the Caesalpinioid woodland eco-regions;

2. Develop improved harvesting protocols for wild-collected plants at risk of over collection;

3. Carry out cultivation trials for promising pesticidal plants with commercial potential; and4. Develop improved methods of collecting pesticidal plants that optimizes bioactivity. In this project, ICRAF will deliver the following research activities: 1. Acquiring information about indigenous use of pesicidal plant species and determining current diversity of pesticidal plants in Caesalpinioid woodland and particularly the prevalence of uncommon species. Additionally, ICRAF will help prepare a policy document on sustainable economic potential of Caesalpinioid woodlands as a resource for pesticidal plants.

2. Conducting farmer participatory rural appraisal of commonly used pesticidal plant control strategies under farm conditions using standardized comparative methodologies.

3. Collecting data data on propagation criteria, developing improved harvesting protocols that optimize activity and carry out cultivation trials for promising pesticidal plants with commercial potential.

4. Enabling the marketing of pesticidal plants as a cash crop for small-scale farmers living in Caesalpinioid woodland eco-region.

5. Helping to build capacity at NARS to evaluate, develop and promote use of botanical pesticides. This project targets to deliver: guidelines on collecting and cultivating pesticidal plants that are not presently cultivated and are threatened; protocals produced for sustainable harvesting and effective preparation of pesticidal plant material; farmer and NGO workshops to infom the wider farming community about sustainable use of pesticidal plants and their cultivation; policy document on sustainable use of pesticidal plants and conservation of Caesalpinioid woodland habitats across the region.

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